Ahmad Ahmad Defeats Issa Hayatou To Become New CAF President
A new dawn has beckoned in African football as Issa Hayatou, has just been deposed as the president of African football governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the 39th General Assembly of CAF in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday.
The 71-year-old Hayatou has held the position for almost 3 decades, 29 years to be precise and was gunning for another term but the powers that be decided that they have had enough of his reign and need a fresh set of heads governing football on the continent.
The new president of CAF is Madagascan football administrator Ahmad Ahmad defeated Hayatou by picking up 34 votes to the 71-year-old’s 20 votes.
The result is seen as a shock since Ahmad is not from one of Africa’s traditional football powerhouses.
Ahmad now becomes the seventh president of CAF after 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) and Issa Hayatou (1988-2017).
Prior to the election, recall that Amaju Pinnick campaigned against Hayatou contrary to the wishes of some football administrators in the country and even the sports minister.