A new chapter has been opened in the Confederation of African Football, CAF with the emergence of Ahmad Ahmad as the new president having defeated incumbent, Issa Hayatou in Thursday’s elections.
Here is our pick on five things about the new 57-year old CAF President who emerged with a 34-20 vote margin in Ethiopia on Thursday.
Third-term Madagascar FA boss
The Fédération Malagasy de Football re-elected Ahmad as president for a third term early this year.
He was retained unopposed, polling 21 of the 22 votes, representing more than the required 50 percent plus one.
The election was supervised by CAF Executive Committee member, Constant Omari, who doubles as president of DR Congo Football Federation (FECOFA).
A two-time minister in Madagascar
Ahmad 57, is a two-time minster of sports in his country. Some of his critics claim he did not do enough in that post and wonder what he would offer if elected as the CAF president.
Vice Senate President
A politician in his own right, Ahmad is currently Vice President of the Madagascar Senate and he remains one of the most influential personalities in the country.
Ahmad made maiden visit to Nigeria to campaign for votes
Ahmad on March 2 made a maiden visit to Nigeria. He declared that his group is committed to installing new thinking and ideals at the CAF headquarters, if he wins this month’s poll in Addis Ababa.
Ahmad told Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki, Sports Minister Solomon Dalung and NFF officials in Abuja that African football cannot afford to continue with ancient principles while the rest of the world’s game has been taken over by youthful, dynamic and innovative managers.
Toughest opposition to Hayatou ever
Ousted CAF President, Issa Hayatou had it rough for the first time as he sought for an astonishing 8th term in office.
With his mantra of change, Ahmad was able to gather the needed momentum that saw him been chosen as the more viable option rather than preserving the old order in Africa’s soccer ruling house.