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Ahmad Defeats Hayatou To Emerge New President Of CAF

Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad has defeated Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou to emerge the new president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in a presidential election held on Thursday.

Ahmad, 57, ended the 29 year old reign of Hayatou, 70, by garnering 34 votes ahead of Hayatou’s 20.

The result sparked off jubilation at the CAF congress as Ahmad was carried on the shoulders by jubilant supporters to the podium after he was announced winner of the election.

Ahmad, previously minister of sport and minister of fisheries in his home country, had been given little chance just a month ago when he announced his candidacy.

But he offered voters a fresh face to a younger generation of soccer association presidents that have emerged.

Hayatou’s long career in soccer is now at an end, although he is still an International Olympic Committee member.

“It is not that bad,” Hayatou, who was first elected in 1988, told reporters as he departed the hall.

“I’m not a candidate who will serve his personal interests. African football cannot be managed by bandits,” Ahmad Ahmad said in a statement before the voting at a congress in Ethiopia took place.

He said: “I will reorganise CAF’s financial sector to make it accessible to all sectors and areas.

“Five million dollars, or 50 per cent of earnings from FIFA, will go to African federations.”

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