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Ahmad Ahmad unseats long reining Issa Hayatou in CAF elections

Ahmad Ahmad Madagascar

Issa Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), has been unseated by Ahmad Ahmad in recent presidential elections.

Issa Hayatou who headed the CAF for a long reining 29 years and has also been a FIFA executive committee member has lost in the presidential elections against Ahmad Ahmad who’s the president of the Madagascar Football Association.

Ahmad, who is a former player as well as coach, is expected to take Hayatou’s place in FIFA’s executive committee which is dictated by CAF rules.

The Cameroonian Hayatou lost to Ahmad with a difference of 14 votes, 34-20, in just the third time he was challenged for his position, with the first two times in 2000 and four year laters in 2004 found him winning comfortably.

Other members of  the executive committee under Blatter’s reign of heading FIFA have been implicated in corruption allegations which found them guilty including Blatter as well as UEFA head Michel Platini by the US Department of Justice.

Hayatou hasn’t been implicated, but has received criticism in 2015 after the CAF rules which dictated an age limit of 70 for the CAF president have been removed so the Cameroonian would be able to enter the elections this year in which he is 71.

Ahmad announced his candidacy earlier this year when he promised unite African Football and win back the trust and confidence in nations who have lost them under CAF’s older regime.

 

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