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Ahmad (left) won the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidency election by 34 votes to Hayatou's 20, official results showed. (AFP)

Ahmad replaces Issa Hayatou as African football chief


AHMED Ahmad becomes president of Confederation of African Football (CAF), beating Issa Hayatou who served for 29 years.

Madagascar’s football chief, Ahmad Ahmad, was elected president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) – Thursday, ousting veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office.

Ahmad won the election in the Ethiopian capital by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20, official results showed.

“When you try to do something, you mean that you can do it,” Ahmad told reporters after the vote. “If I can’t do it, I never stand.”

Ahmad, a 57-year-old father of two, had a playing and coaching career before he took the reins of the Madagascar football federation in 2003.

His rare and determined bid for “change” at the head of the CAF this year took many by surprise and the incumbent was seen as the favourite.

Hayatou headed CAF since 1988 and is a senior vice president of FIFA. He has been credited with increasing the number of African teams at the World Cup and bringing in extra finance for the continent’s competitions.

Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) president Philip Chiyangwa, who is also Cosafa president has been the campaign manager for Ahmed and had a disciplinary case pending for describing CAF executives as “cowards” and “cronies” for not standing up to Hayatou.

Source: News agencies

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