Madagascar Football Association chief Ahmad has been elected as the new Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, ending Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign.
The 57-year-old, until his election a Caf Executive Committee Member, won 34 of the 54 votes in the election, which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday.
He becomes only the sixth president of Caf in its 60-year history. The only other time a new leader was in the office was back in 1988 when Hayatou, a former athlete, was named president following the retirement of Ethiopia’s Ydnekatchew Tessema from the CAF presidency in August 1987.
Hayatou has often been re-elected unopposed. 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.
Hayatou was re-elected unopposed during the last Caf presidential elections in 2013.
The Cameroonian had previously stated this term would be his last until 2015 when Caf voted to change the statutes which previously stopped officials serving past the age of 70.
This paved the way for Hayatou, who turned 70 last year, to stand in the election.
Ahmad campaigned on the platform of administrative reform, financial transparency and a potential reorganisation of Caf competitions.
CAF Former Presidents
Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem (Egypt: 1957-1958)
Abdel Aziz Moustafa (Egypt: 1958-1968)
Abdel Halim Muhammad (Sudan: 1968-1972)
Yidnekatchew Tessema (Ethiopia: 1972-1987)
Abdel Halim Muhammad (Sudan: 1987-1988)
Issa Hayatou (Cameroon: 1988-2017)
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