After nearly three decades, CAF Africa’s soccer governing body elects a fresh leader. Madagascar Football Association Chief Ahmad got more votes than his counterpart Issa Hayatou in the elections. Outgoing President Issa Hayatou assumed office in the year 1988 and served for several terms.
In an election carried in Addis Ababa – Ethiopia, 57 years old Ahmad won with 34 votes leaving the remaining 20 to the longest serving soccer President in history. Hayatou who is 70 years old will also lose his seat in FIFA. On his way out of the Auditorium accompanied by aides, when approached by reporters, the Cameroonian told them, “It is not that bad.”
Successor Ahmad had mixed feelings regarding winning, he said, “some days I thought I would win, today I didn’t think I would win.” He however acknowledged the fact that self believe matters a lot in aspiration. “When you try to do something, you mean that you can do it. If I can’t do it, I never stand.” Said the new President.
Ahmad takes over office to serve for the next four years, he disclosed partly his plan for African football is to modernize the body and make it more transparent. He added, “I will introduce new codes of ethics and extend ethics checks on African football officials.”
According to Liberia Football Association President Musa Bility, Africa has made an Emphatic decision that they are ready for change. Ahmad becomes the seventh CAF president in history in the 60 years of the Federation existence.