Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar is new CAF President
Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar wins Thursday’s general elections to emerge as new president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Ahmad defeated Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou, who has been in charge of CAF for 29 years, to win the presidency with 34 votes to his counterpart’s 20 votes.
CAF has only ever had fiven its 60-year history and the last time a new leader was appointed was way back in 1988 when Issa Hayatou emerged president.
Thursday, March 16’s election in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, is the first time Hayatou suffered defeat. He has often been re-elected unopposed. On the two occasions when he did face a challenge, he won with landslides amongst the electorate of presidents of Africa’s football associations.
In 2000, he beat Angola’s Armando Machado by 47-4 votes and four years later he defeated Ismail Bhamjee of Botswana by 46-6 votes.
Ahmad campaigned on the platform of administrative reform, financial transparency and a potential re-organisation of CAF competitions.
Former Presidents of CAF
Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem (1957-1958)
Abdel Aziz Moustafa (1958-1968)
Abdel Halim Muhammad (1968-1972)
Yidnekatchew Tessema (1972-1987)
Abdel Halim Muhammad (1987-1988)
Issa Hayatou (1988-2017)
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