Jordaan promises change at CAF under Ahmad after Hayatou's demise

Amaju Pinnick

Hayatou had been expected to have a tough challenge, but few foresaw the decisive nature of the win for Ahmad‚ who now leads an organisation with an increasingly new generation of football association presidents.

In an earlier interview with the BBC, Ahmad stated that Hayatou has done all he could for CAF.

On a day of seismic shock for the African game, Hayatou was deposed after 29 years and replaced by the unknown Malagasy, who has served as sports and fisheries minister in his native Madagascar but only as a CAF executive for the last four years.

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.

But the CAF committee members insisted that Cameroonian Hayatou deserved the vote because he is a Nigerian-friendly president.

As the result became apparent, Phillip Chiyangwa, Ahmad's campaign manager, shouted, "We won!"

"It is destiny that has pronounced Ahmad Ahmad as the CAF President".

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Meanwhile, other African nations have hailed the move as a seismic change for African football. "I want to thank the government for the support they gave us during our work", said Egyptian Football Association President Hany Abo-Rida, according to Ahram Online.

Out of the 54 members vote, Ahmed Ahmed secured 34 while the outgoing president received 11.

As a result of his defeat, Hayatou also loses his positions with Federation Internationale de Football Association.

This time Hayatou was beaten by a man who campaigned on promises to modernize CAF, and make it more transparent and trustworthy.

At that point and in the days leading to the election, it seemed Nigeria had settled on supporting Ahmad, but as the eleventh hour drew closer, a new situation arose.

His focus on ethics came at a time when Hayatou and CAF secretary general Hicham el Amrani have been recommended for criminal prosecution in Egypt over the confederation's new $1 billion marketing and television rights deal.

"And Caf is receiving $5 million‚ which he [Ahmad] said will be distributed to the national associations".


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