By Safaa Kasraoui
Rabat – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) elected Ahmad Ahmad to chair the African Football Institution on March 16 in Addis Ababa.
Results of the election: Ahmed Ahmed: 34 votes
Issa Hayatou: 20 votes #CAFGA2017
— CAF (@CAF_Online) 16 mars 2017
The former head of CAF, Issa Hayatou, who had been running the institution for nearly 30 years, will give way to Malagasy Ahmad Ahmad, who swept the majority of national associations of CAF votes with 34 votes.
Hayatou obtained the remaining 20 votes, according to the official results of 39th CAF Ordinary General Assembly.
“If I thought I could not make it, I would not have presented myself,” said Ahmad following the announcement of the results.
The vice-president of the Ghana Football Association, George Afriyie, told the press that “if his excellency Issa Hayatou did a lot for African football […]nit is the time for him to retire.”
Ahmad is also the deputy Senate president, the chairman of Madagascar’s Football Association (FA), and Madagascar’s former Minister of Sports.