The election of Malagasy Ahmed Ahmed as new president at the head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the 39th general assembly surprised many last thursday March 16, in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, where he obtained 34 votes of the 54 African voting federations against 20 for Issa Hayatou.
After 30 years of reigning at the head of the African football governing body, the Cameroonian is very optimistic about his future. According to him, a defeat does not mean the end. A defeat that he somehow predicted, a few days before the election on Thursday.
Dethroned CAF president Issa Hayatou
“If I’m not elected CAF president, I’ll go home. I would not be unemployed in Cameroon; I’ll have something, to do. People should not imagine that it is a matter of life or death. It would be normal for me to applaud Ahmed’s victory. ”
Following the defeat, Issa Hayatou also loses his position at Fifa, where had been the longest-serving executive and he legacy in CAF is now in the hands of president Ahmed Ahmed, who became Madagascar FA chief in 2003.
Ahmed Ahmed takes over as Caf president on an initial four-year term, and has promised to modernise the body and make it more transparent.
The Cameroonian Hayatou, played fair play, and even plans to work with Malagasy Ahmed. “If he needs me to help him, I will help him even as an advisor. People should not think it would affect me. ”
President of the Malagasy Football Federation,was underestimated when he declared to be candidate for the presidency of the CAF on January 13 in Libreville Gabon against Hayatou .For many sports analysts, The election of Ahmed would be an illusion against the Prince of Gaoua. The opposite surprised more than one when he won.
Many challenges await Malagasy
The challenges ahead for Ahmed are enormous. He promised to reopen the debate on the periodicity of the CAN; To remunerate the presidents of federations, to give them more place in the CAF. Ahmed Ahmed also envisages better legal protection of players and African clubs.
The development of African football therefore rests on the shoulders of Ahmed Ahmed till 2021 when new election at the head of the CAF is expected.