Madagascar's Ahmad elected new CAF chief

Beth Cruz
March 19, 2017

Considering his status as being unknown as far as football is concerned in Africa, Ahmad Ahmad has entered the history books of African football by challenging and overcoming powerful Issa Hayatou who has been in office for the past 29 years.

"To us this means having an African Nations cup that is played every two years, at a climatically convenient time, in a format that makes it possible for many countries to participate", Hayatou who came into power in 1988 stated in his address.

"Never sway from the path that has been pioneered", Hayatou told African member associations as the organisation celebrated its 60th anniversary ahead of the presidential ballot against Madagascan challenger Ahmad Ahmad.

The 12-member Council of East and Central Africa Associations, to which Kenya is a part of, announced in a statement a fortnight back that they will be backing Hayatou.

His first job, he said earlier Thursday, would be to introduce a new code of ethics for the African soccer body. In April 2015 the Caf statutes were changed to remove the then age limit of 70 for a president to stand which allowed Hayatou, who is 71 this year, to put himself forward for yet another term.

And that Cosafa supports the equal representation both within Caf and Federation Internationale de Football Association positions and also support the different language category representation as articulated in recent Caf statutes'.

Ahmad beat the Cameroonian with 34 votes to 20. The latter holds a seat as world football governing body senior vice-president. Neither did he respond to this newspaper's texts.

Issa Hayatou's command of African football is at an end.

The official position of the other blocs had largely remained unclear but heads of several national federations in West Africa had become vocal in support of Ahmad, underlining the importance of a new leadership after almost three decades of Hayatou's leadership.

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