CAF President, Ahmad Thanks Delegates For Support

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You have to give it up to Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa after he engineered the downfall of former Confederation of African Football (Caf) Issa Hayatou yesterday.

Jordaan is among a sweep of new faces on the exco after Hayatou's loyalists were swept from power in dramatic blood-letting during the much anticipated elections.

Ethiopian President, Mulatu Teshome, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino and African Union Chairperson, Mousa Faki Mahamat were at the general assembly that ushered in a brand new CAF executive to pilot affairs of African football for the next four years.

What should be noted though is that the country, Madagascar where Ahmad represents has never qualified for the African Cup of Nations, let alone the World Cup.

But the CAF committee members insisted that Cameroonian Hayatou deserved the vote because he is a Nigerian-friendly president.

The 70-year-old from Cameroon left the congress room when Thursday's result was announced without commenting, led away by the arm by one of his aides.

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Namibia Football Association president Frans Mbidi has publicly backed Ahmad, a fellow COSAFA colleague ahead of the election, citing a need for change.

"We want the real togetherness when it comes to the development of African football".

This time he won only 20 votes, ending his hopes of winning an eighth term in office that would have seen his presidency extend for more than three decades in total.

"This was coming. He (Hayatou) knew it was coming", said Chiyangwa, the president of the Council of Southern African Football Associations whose fierce criticism of Hayatou in the lead-up to the vote highlighted a nasty campaign. The 57-year-old has promised to modernize the body and make it more transparent. Footballers could also compete on the Tanzanian national team, he said.

The NFF boss is the third Nigeria to get to the CAF Council after Etubom Orok Oyo and Dr Amos Adamu were similarly elected in the past.

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