Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar has been elected as the new President of the Confederation of African Football, (CAF). The election was held in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital Thursday saw the end of Hayatou’s 29-year reign as head of the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
Ahmad is the president of the Madagascar Football Federation got 34 votes while Hayatou who has been CAF president since 1988 got 20 votes.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Ahmad Ahmad in a statement before the voting at a congress in Ethiopia took place said:
“I’m not a candidate who will serve his personal interests. African football cannot be managed by bandits.
“I will reorganise CAF’s financial sector to make it accessible to all sectors and areas.Five million dollars, or 50 percent of earnings from FIFA, will go to African federations.”
57-year-old Ahmad Ahmad, who is into his third term as Madagascar FA president, took the reins of the Madagascar football federation in 2003.
CAF comprises 54 member countries and Hayatou, first elected in 1988, is seeking an eighth consecutive term. He was challenged in 2000 and 2004 and inflicted humiliating defeats on Armando Machado of Angola and Ismael Bhamjee of Botswana.
Ahmad Ahmad in an earlier interview with the BBC said that Mr. Hayatou had done all he could for CAF.
“In life, there is a limit. Typically in politics, everyone has his chance – maybe it is time (for Hayatou to quit),” he said.
He brushed aside the argument that the president of CAF cannot come from a weak football nation like Madagascar, who are ranked 39th of 54 African national teams.
“This is an argument to try and defeat me, but look at the presidents of the Asian and North-Central American confederations — they are from Bahrain and Canada.”
The senior vice-president of CAF, Suketu Patel, comes from the Seychelles, whose national team is ranked 51st in Africa, he further argued.
Ahmad Ahmad has based his campaign on “transparency in the management” of CAF and an end to “obsolete practices”. Ahmad was named by the London-based Sunday Times regarding the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
He was supported by the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, while Nigeria’s sports minister, Solomon Dalung, supported Mr. Hayatou