Issa Hayatou during the 2017 39th CAF General Assembly at the Nelson Mandela Plenary Hall, Ethiopia on 16 March 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Thursday Mar 16, 2017. 14:12
The Confederation of African Football has a new president today, with Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad defeating Issa Hayatou in the election.
The polls were held at the ongoing CAF General Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday.
The Madagascar FA boss, who has also worked for his country’s government, has promised to bring change to CAF.
Ahmad’s election sees Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign come to a close, with the Cameroonian having been ousted in a hard-fought contest.
In the presidential election, Ahmad claimed 34 votes compared to 20 for Hayatou. The new president will be in office for the 2017-2021 cycle.