The new CAF president Ahmad is a little known figure outside of Madagascar
Posted: 16 March 2017 Time: 20:28
Not all that much is known of new CAF president Ahmad outside of his native Madagascar, but he now holds the most powerful seat on the continent after ousting Issa Hayatou on Thursday.
Ahmad, who goes by just one name, stunned his rival 34-20 in the vote to end the 29-year reign of the Cameroonian.
“With much emotion. I thank all those who have believed in the change. Thanks to you who were always behind me. We have done it. This victory is ours. This is a victory for Africa,” Ahmad posted on his Facebook page shortly after being voted in.
Ahmad had promised an increase in financial support for African associations, business class travel to future Congress for all delegates and to be more open to suggestions from member associations.
He gave a rousing speech before the voting while Hayatou did not take up the opportunity to address the Congress before the lengthy voting process began.
Ahmad, previously minister of sport and minister of fisheries in his home country, had been given little chance just a month ago when he announced his candidacy but offered voters a fresh face to a younger generation of football association presidents.
The 57-year-old Ahmad has been Madagascar Football Association head since 2003 and was a surprise pick for the CAF Executive Committee four years ago, defeating Danny Jordaan.
He received the backing of the COSAFA region and their flamboyant president Phillip Chiyangwa, and although he did not publicly say it, also the tacit backing of FIFA president Giovanni Infantino.