Ahmad of Madagascar wins CAF presidency

The 57-year-old former government minister won 34-20 in the poll for the CAF presidency.

FILE: The Confederation of African Football. Picture: Official CAF Facebook Page.

JOHANNESBURG - Ahmad of Madagascar has pulled off a stunning upset on Thursday as he ousted long-serving Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou from his post by winning an election at the organisation’s congress in Ethiopia.

Hayatou has headed CAF since 1988 and is also 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

Winning by 34 votes to 20, Ahmad pulled off a major victory and now takes the reigns of African football after unseating Hayatou, who was looking for his eighth term as President of CAF.

Hayatou has been credited with growing the game on the continent despite being linked to scandals involving Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid, as well as being reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee for receiving payments from a marketing company.

The 57-year-old Ahmad, already a member of the CAF executive, has also been implicated in bribes with regards to Qatar’ bid but denies the allegations – his campaign promise was to reform the administration of CAF to avoid the involvement of politics in the organisation.