Madagascan Ahmad Ahmad has been elected president of the Confederation of African Football (PSG) Thursday, taking over from veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office.
Ahmad, head of Madagascar’s football federation, won the election in the Ethiopian capital by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20, official results showed.
Delegates were excited in the plenary hall after the announcement of the result which heralded the departure of the last of the old generation of leaders in world football.
Ahmad, a 57-year-old father of two, had a discreet playing and coaching career before he took the reins of the Madagascar football federation in 2003.
He said his programme was the “reform of the administration of CAF to avoid the involvement of politics in the organisation.”
Cameroonian Hayatou headed CAF since 1988 and is a senior vice president of FIFA. He was credited with increasing the number of African teams at the World Cup and bringing in extra finance for the continent’s competitions.