The long-serving CAF President, Issa Hayatou was voted out of power on Thursday as African football leaders voted for Ahmad Ahmad his Madagascan counterpart.

Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign as African football president ended on Thursday when African football leaders voted for Ahmad Ahmad the Madagascan as the new CAF president.

Ahmad Ahmad
Ahmad Ahmad, new CAF president.

“When you try to do something, you mean that you can do it,” Ahmad told reporters after the vote. “If I can’t do it, I never stand.”

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Issa Hayatou won 20 votes, while his opponent won 34 ending Hayatou’s rule, which began in 1988 when he succeeded Abdel Halim Mohammad.

Ahmad Ahmad, a 57-year-old father of two, had a playing and coaching career before he took the reins of the Madagascar football federation in 2003.

The result was announced at CAF’s 39th General Assembly in Addis Ababa, and it sparked celebrations, surprises and shock across the social media, with many fans, pundits and observers celebrating the departure of the 70-year-old, who has been accused of various controversies during his long stay in power.

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Hayatou headed CAF since 1988 and is a senior vice president of FIFA.

He has been credited with increasing the number of African teams at the World Cup and bringing in extra finance for the continent’s competitions.


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