Madagascar FA boss Ahmad elected CAF President
The Madagascar Football Association chief Ahmad was on Thursday elected the new president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the Ethiopian capital.
Ahmad, 57, a former government minister who goes by just a single name, emerged the winner in as he polled a 34-20 decisive vote to unseat Dr. Issa Hayatou who had ruled the African soccer body since 1988.
Shortly after being voted in, Ahmad posted on his facebook page (Ahmad CAF 2017), "With much emotion I thank all those who have believed in the change. Thanks to you who were always behind me. We have done it. This victory is ours. This is a victory for Africa,”
Ahmad, who has previously served as minister of sport and of fisheries in Madagascar, was borne on the shoulders of boisterous supporters after the result was announced, while a tired-looking Hayatou seemed stunned.
Ahmad had promised an increase in financial support for African associations, business class travel to future Congresses for all delegates and to be more open to suggestions from member associations. His term is for four years.
Ahmad gave a rousing speech before the lengthy voting process began, while Hayatou did not take up the opportunity to address the congress.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino was also in Addis Ababa to witness Ahmad’s win victory.
As an immediate consequence of Hayatou’s defeat, his senior vice president Suketu Patel of the Seychelles pulled out of his bid to win re-election to the organization’s executive committee, leaving CAF without its influential financial chief.
Some other powerful committee figures were voted off the executive committee, including Mohamed Raoraoua of Algeria and Amadou Diakite of Mali. Danny Jordaan of South Africa, who ran the 2010 World Cup, was elected to the committee.
Additional Reporting: Reuters.com