By Tapuka Gerald, Thursday, March 16, 2017
Cameroon Journal, Addis Ababa – The President of little known Malagasy Football Association, Ahmad Ahmad, has just been declared winner of the Confederation of African Football CAF, Presidential election held today, March 16. Ahmad defeated Cameroonian incumbent Issa Hayatou who has been President for the Africa’s umbrella football body, for the past 29 years.
The elections took place today, Thursday, March 16, at the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa where CAF members are currently meeting. Ahmad secured 34 votes against 20 for Hayatou.
The 57 year old father of two has been head of the Malagasy FA since 2003. He was widely supported by Southern African countries including some from West Africa who thought it was time for a new era in CAF.
Hayatou is also FIFA’S Vice President and briefly led the body between October 2015 and February 2016 at the suspension of Sepp Blatter, the then President. He first became President of CAF in 1988, taking over from Sudanese born Abdel Halim Muhammad. Hayatou has been credited for developing the sports in Africa – especially securing more places for African teams at the world cup. However, owing to health problems for Hayatou, sports analysts thought it was time for the 70 year old to step aside. We will bring you details subsequently.