Madagascar Football Association Chief Ahmad has been elected as the new Confederation of African Football president, finishing Issa Hayatou’s 29-year rule.
The Confederation of African Football – (CAF) has elected Ahmad as the new President. In an election held at the CAF Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Madagascar’s Ahmad beat the 70-year-old Cameroonian Issa Hayatou with 34 to 20 votes.
Both of the candidates would have required a straightforward dominant part of the votes to win, 27 all things considered since Eritrea neglected to go to inferable from political issues with neighbours, Ethiopia, where the CAF congress has been taking place.
Zanzibar, a region held by Tanzania was additionally acknowledged once in the past as a member of CAF, yet they didn’t vote in the elections, leaving just 53 nations, of which Ahmad secured 34 of their votes.
Hayatou, who has been CAF President since 1988, 29 years in office. His administration style has gone under massive criticism from the greater part of the African nations Football Associations and they felt it is the ideal opportunity to breathe in fresh air and let the beautiful game of football witness another run of leadership
Hayatou replaces Abdel Halim Mohammad and has overseen significant development in the continental game and in Caf’s standing within the world football communities.
The Cameroonian who therefore of this election lose his Fifa position and his place on the council board of world football’s governing body was driven from the auditorium by associates who overlooked solicitations for comment from the media.
Interestingly, Ahmad was carried on the shoulders of supporters to the platform after the outcome was declared.
He turns into the CAF’s seventh president after Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem (1957-1958), Abdel Aziz Moustafa (1958-1968), Abdel Halim Muhammad (1968-1972), Yidnekatchew Tessema (1972-1987), Abdel Halim Muhammad (1987-1988) and Issa Hayatou (1988-2017).
Ahmad speaking to BBC:
“When you attempt to accomplish something, you imply that you can do it. If I can’t do it, I never stand.”
Hayatou had been tested for the Caf administration twice before and both circumstances won with landslide triumphs.
This time the Cameroonian won just 20 votes, finishing his expectations of winning an eighth term in office that would have seen his administration stretch out for over three decades altogether.
“His excellency Issa Hayatou has done a considerable measure for African football (but) it is the ideal opportunity for him to venture back,” said George Afriyie, VP of the Ghana Football Association.
Meanwhile, Elections into the Executive Committee of CAF is currently underway, with Nigeria’s Amaju Pinnick in contention with Benin Republic’s Moucharafou Anjorin.