Cover photo: Ahmad Ahmad, new CAF President Elect
Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar, a relatively much younger and unknown person in the Confederation Of African Football [CAF] has emerged the new president of the association.
Ahmad garnered 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20 votes at the CAF Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
His emergence followed rigorous campaigning and seeking for votes from Nationals who are to cast vote for the next CAF President between the longest serving president of the Association, Camerounian Isa Hayatou.
Hayatou was ousted today in the much anticipated election for the African footballing top post by Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad.
The 70-year-old Cameroonian Hayatou, had been in power since 1988 and was seeking an eighth four-year term.
Many and current African footballers grew up to know Isa Hayatou as the president of this same body.
After votes counting it shows Ahmad Ahmad got 34 votes against Isa Hayatou 20 votes.
Recall the minister of sports and youth development, Barr. Solomon Dalung last week said and advised the Nigerian FA body (NFF) to vote for Isa Hayatou of Cameroun base on Federal Governments foreign policy with Cameroun.
Less than 24 hours later, the NFF President Melvin Amaju Pinnick came out publicly to seek for votes for Mr. Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar.
To many football analyst and fans, this is a new turn in the history and event in African football.
Prior to joining the race, Ahmad was the President of Malagasy Football Federation, and not much had been heard from him over the years because he was a silent member of Caf’s Executive Committee.
He is from a northwestern Malagasy village and is the first Madagascan to run for the presidency of a continental confederation.
Ahmad changed his stance when he revealed that he would be the one to take on Hayatou.
Hayatou had been concerned that Ahmad was pulling the strings from Southern Africa, especially when 24 African football association (FA) presidents met with FFfA president Gianni Infantino in Harare recently.
In Southern Africa, Ahmad gained the confidence of Cosafa last month, not surprisingly since its headed by Chiyangwa.
Ahmad’s progress would come as a relief to South Africa, as their association had long bemoaned the political power struggle Safa faced against the French language nations in the North of Africa.
Hayaatou’s exit seems to be welcome news to many football fans in Africa who feel it was high time left the scene.