Following the Confederation of African Football (CAF) general elections held on Thursday, March 16, Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar is the new president of the continent’s football ruling body.
Ahmad won by defeating long time president, Cameroonian Issa Hayatou who has been in power since 1988. Ahmad won the election with 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20 votes.
Hayatou has often been re-elected unopposed. Though on two occasions, he was challenged for the presidency. However, both times, he won with landslide victories, beating Angola’s Armando Machado by 47-4 votes in the year 2000 and in 2004 he defeated Ismail Bhamjee of Botswana by 46-6 votes.