Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad has won the CAF Presidential elections, defeating Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou who has been in power since 1988 (29 years). Ahmad won the election 34 to Hayatou’s 20.
For nearly 30 years, Cameroonian, Issa Hayatou, has been the head of the Confederation of African Football and a top FIFA executive.
Today at the general assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Hayatou faced a tough election challenge in his attempt for an 8th term in office.
His only opponent, Ahmad Ahmad, the head of Madagascan Football Association, Has emerged the new leader of African football – for the first time since the late 1980s.
Hayatou’s defeat in the vote of CAF’s full member countries would not only remove him as president in Africa but also as a FIFA vice president and a member of its ruling council. And Ahmad would replace him now even in FIFA.
The odds against Hayatou had been mounting ahead of the polls with member countries of CAF forming strong click of young administrators pushing for change to ensure an end to Hayatou’s reign as CAF president.
CAF presidential election