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Ahmad election ends Hayatou’s lengthy CAF reign

Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad (left) beats Issa Hayatou to become new CAF President

from ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ethiopia Bureau
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – MADAGASCAR executive Ahmad Ahmad, is the new President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after elections held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

This brings to end the 29-year reign of Cameroonian strongman, Issa Hayatou, whom he beat 34-20 votes in a secret ballot.

Hayatou has comfortably won previous polls since succeeding the late Sudanese Abdel Halim Muhammad.

However, this time, the 70-year-old faced stiff competition from Ahmad, whose campaign Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) President, Phillip Chiyangwa, spearheaded.

Ahmad (54) is elected as the organisation celebrates 60 years in existence.

– CAJ News