Ahmad : a malagasy at the head of Confederation of African Football


After a saga of corruption about World Football organization in Qatar in 2022, his candidacy announcement in Libreville last January 2017 was full of boldness. Ahmad, former Minister of Fisheries and President of Football Confederation in Madagascar  since 2003 was elected as President of  Confederation of African Football (CAF) during the 39th general meeting in Addis Abeba on Thursday 16 March 2017.


As Ahmad declared to journalists after the vote «  I wouldn’t have stood for this election if I thought I wasn’t about to win ».   With 34 votes in his favour against 20, Ahmad has removed Issa Hayatou after seven consecutive terms since 1988. 


A 8th mandate would be out of reach for the cameroonian Issa Hayatou who has led the CAF without a break for 29 years. Ahmad election for 2017 – 2021 has opened a new chapter in CAF’s history. To date,  Ahmad was the third daring candidate to stand against him throughout these years.  In the beginning, the malagasy winner got the support of  southern african federations (COSAFA) before gaining those of other french speaking countries.


At 57 years old, Ahmad program includes a better protection of african clubs and football players and a salary payment for presidents of federations. Most of all, the new president insists on an accurate fund tracking from the FIFA. The four years to come will show the world how will be governed this new era of budget transparency in African football.

Published on Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:25