Little Known Ahmad Ends Hayatou's 29 Year Rule as CAF President

Francis Osborne
March 18, 2017

Issa Hayatou is out as president of the African football confederation (CAF) in what could signal a sea change for the sport on the continent.

Nyamilandu said he expect more from the new CAF president as he takes office. His successor will not only helm the CAF, Ahmad will also replace Hayatou on FIFA's Executive Committee.

The 57-year-old Ahmad is a former Malagasy sports minister, player, coach and has represented the South zone in the executive committee of CAF since 2013.

Hayatou headed CAF since 1988 and is a senior vice president of Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Few members foresaw the decisive nature of the victory for Ahmad‚ who now leads an organisation with an increasingly new generation of football association presidents among its members.

Earlier this month Jordaan pulled out of the race to gain a place on FIFA's ruling Council intriguingly just hours before Federation Internationale de Football Association published results of integrity checks into all the candidates, suggesting he knew what was coming.

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"We worked hard but we won. I want to thank the government for the support they gave us during our work", said Egyptian Football Association President Hany Abo-Rida, according to Ahram Online.

The Madagascan polled 34 votes against Hayatou's 20 marking a growing trend of change in global game.

Hany Abou-Rida also talked about the win of the candidate Egypt's FA supported and was asked if Hayatou's confidence just before the results were announced anxious him.

He had been challenged for the Caf presidency only twice before and both times won with landslide victories.

Ahmad took his campaign to countries across the continent and is said to have appealed to the smaller ones who over time, had reportedly become disenfranchised with the confederation and its old leadership.

Eritrea was ineligible to cast its vote, as the tiny nation torn by civil wars has failed to enter her football teams in CAF competitions.

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