Madagascar’s has won the CAF Presidential elections, defeating Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou who has been in power since 1988 (29 years). Ahmad won the election 34 to Hayatou’s 20.
The result means a change in leadership for the first time since Cameroonian Hayatou took charge in 1988.
“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.”
Hayatou headed CAF since 1988 was led from the auditorium by aides but he told reporters as he departed: “It is not that bad.”
Ahmad, a 57-year-old father of two, had a brief playing and coaching career before he took the reins of the Madagascar football federation in 2003.
The departure of Hayatou is a huge change for African football and the 70-year-old will also lose his Fifa position and his place on the ruling council of world football’s governing body.