Ahmad Ahmad reveals program ahead of CAF presidency elections
Madagascar FA president Ahmad Ahmad unfolded his plan for his candidacy to replace Issa Hayatou as President of CAF in the upcoming elections
Both Hayatou and Ahmed will compete against each other soon in March’s elections in Ethiopia, as Ahmed attempts to end the Cameroonian executive’s long presidency which started in 1988. Hayatou is eyeing his eighth term, though.
“Our football has been too strongly relying too much on its ‘official’ course since 1957 when CAF was created. It is now high time for it to free itself and to update with the current situation,” Ahmad told Kwese Sports.
The two-time minister and currently Vice President of the Madagascar Senate announced that he intends to revamp CAF using an ‘eigh-needs’ plan illustrated in his campaign brochure.
He also explained a few points in his campaign outline which he counts on to gain support. These points include financial transparency, promoting youth and women football, new legal protection and joining and focusing on new governance of FIFA. Ahmad also said that a compliance department will be arranged to ensure transparency at every level.
“I will be a president who will share the burden of the CAF finances with the presidents of the member associations. This body, called the Special College of Presidents, will meet twice a year and will dictate the various expenses rules and general operations of CAF,” he added.
As for broadcasting rights for football championships, a problem at CAF as Hayatou’s name was mentioned after Egyptian Competitions Authorities referred him to General Prosecutor for corruption charges for violations in granting rights, the head of Madagascar’s FA said that he will improve the entire system by creating a special department within CAF to supervise and monitor strategy and income.
“All long-term contracts are banished and legal protection will guarantee the follow-up.
“All calls for interests on tv rights of all the competitions and marketing must be done, communicated to the public and widely broadcasted. All the amounts must be communicated to the press and member associations.”
Regarding competitions organised by CAF, his plan states that competitions will be renovated and improved. Also, choosing organising countries for all coming competitions will not be made by the executive committee anymore but by a majority of votes in congress.
He is determined to base his presidency on transparency as he said that contracts signed by CAF will be officially published and their amounts will also be communicated publicly.
CAF’s longest-serving ruler will be facing a fierce competition from Ahmad since he was unanimously supported by The Council of Southern African Football Associations ‘Cosafa’ following a meeting of FA Presidents in Johannesburg. “This program demonstrated a strong need for change but it will not happen without your rich experiences as presidents, as managers, as educators as players, as observers, as referees, technicians, media representatives, women and men who have a strong passion for African football and most of all, who have such an awesome love for our beloved continent,” he concluded.
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