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Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad Elected CAF President ending Issa Hayatou’s 29-year Reign



Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign as head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is over after Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad beat him in a presidential election on Thursday.

Ahmad, 57-year-old, who goes by just a single name, won the CAF presidency by 34 votes to 20 in the poll, bringing to a surprise end, the 29-year tenure of the 70-year-old Hayatou, who is from Cameroon.

The result was greeted by cheers at the CAF congress as Ahmad was carried on the shoulders of jubilant supporters to the podium after the result was announced.

Ahmad, previously minister of sport and minister of fisheries in his home country, had been given little chance just a month ago when he announced his candidacy.

But he offered voters a fresh face to a younger generation of soccer association presidents that have emerged.

Hayatou’s long career in soccer is now at an end, although he is still an International Olympic Committee member.

“It is not that bad,” Hayatou, who was first elected in 1988, told reporters as he departed the hall.

“I’m not a candidate who will serve his personal interests. African football cannot be managed by bandits,” Ahmad Ahmad said in a statement before the voting at a congress in Ethiopia took place.

“I will reorganise CAF’s financial sector to make it accessible to all sectors and areas. Five million dollars, or 50 per cent of earnings from FIFA, will go to African federations,” he added.

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  1. x-factor

    March 16, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Finally, It has gone down!

  2. zeebaby

    March 16, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Fine man

  3. julie

    March 16, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    God bless you sir. Africa is really changing, Observers like Zimbabwe, COngo, Equitorial Guinea,, Angola are now very worried

    Well when it comes to Zimbwabwe i doubt our favourite african granpa Mugabe could give a shyyt.:) He will stay on till he dies

    But i fear Zimbabwe might get worse after his death like Libya after americans Murdered Gadafi, Did you know that granted all the nonsense he has done and stayed in power for this long – Zimbabwe was voted the most Literate country in Africa – which means more tha 50-60% of average Zimbabwe is literate . I was shocked. i was like really? So i guess though i dont condone all he does, he must be doing SOME things right and them Oyinbo’s want to take that fertile rich country back so bad. 🙂

    • Mugabe King Till he dies.

      March 16, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      Mugabe rescued Congo twice from absolute Bantu genocide by urging other countries in the region to rise up and stand up against the Tutsi ethnic invasion. We fought bravery and bled alot. Coz Mugabe said so. So we are thankful to our grandpa! For sounding the alarm, and yes his seat is reserved for a lifetime! the ground na awash of all tutsi evil. His old but the eyes don see well well!

  4. Anon

    March 16, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    The last vestige of Blatter’s reign has been defeated. Hallelujah!

  5. Honestina

    March 16, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    To God be the glory.

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