Ahmad Ahmad Emerges CAF President
By Adenike Olusiku
Madagascar’s football chief Ahmad Ahmad has been elected president of the Confederation of African Football ousting veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office.
Official results showed Ahmad won the election in the Ethiopian capital by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20. Delegates cheered and pumped their fists in the plenary hall after the result was announced.
The 57-year-old father of two, had a discreet playing and coaching career before he took the reins of the Madagascar football federation in 2003.
His rare and determined bid for “change” at the head of the CAF this year took many by surprise, and the incumbent was seen as the favourite.
Hayatou headed CAF since 1988 and is a senior vice president of FIFA. He has been credited with increasing the number of African teams at the World Cup and bringing in extra finance for the continent’s competitions.