CAF: Ahmad Ends Issa Hayatou’s 29 Years Reign

Madagascar Football Association chief Ahmad has been elected Confederation of African Football president, ending Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign.

Ahmad won 34 of the 54 votes in the election, which was held in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Thursday.

The result means a change in leadership for the first time since Cameroonian Hayatou took charge in 1988.

Ahmad, who appeared very emotional, becomes only the seventh Caf president in the body’s 60-year history.

The 57-year-old, who goes by a single name, told BBC Sport afterwards: “I can’t talk at this time. Only one thing – I thank God, I thank my team.

“We worked hard but we won. That was the first step. The second step is to develop African football.

“Some days I thought I would win – today I didn’t (think I would win).”

The Candidates:

CAF President

Ahmad (Madagascar) – 34

Issa Hayatou (Cameroon) – 20


Election of the members of the CAF Executive Committee for the 2017 – 2021 cycle

North Zone

Outgoing Member: Mohamed Raouraoua (Algeria)



Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco) – 41

Mohamed Raouraoua (Algeria) – 7


West A Zone

Outgoing Member: Amadou Diakité (Mali)



Amadou Diakité (Mali) – 22

Hassan Musa Bility (Liberia) – 26


West B Zone

Outgoing Member: Anjorin Moucharafou (Benin)



Amavu Melvin Pinnick (Nigeria) – 32

Anjorin Moucharafou (Benin) – 17


Central Zone

Outgoing Member: Adoum Djibrine (Chad)



Adoum Djibrine (Chad) – Elected unopposed


Central-East Zone

Outgoing Member: Magdi Shams El Din (Sudan)



Juneido Basha Tilmo (Ethiopia) – 9

Magdi Shams El Din (Sudan) – 12

Moses Magogo (Uganda) – 7

Suleiman Hassan Waberi (Djibouti) – 20


*Suleiman Hassan Waberi elected after Magdi Shams El Din withdrew before second round of voting


Southern Zone

Outgoing Members: Ahmad (Madagascar), Suketu Patel (Seychelles)



Danny Jordaan (South Africa) – 35

Frans Mbidi (Namibia) – 24

Rui Eduardo Da Costa (Angola) – 25

Suketu Patel (Seychelles) – withdrew


* Danny Jordaan (South Africa) & Rui Eduardo Da Costa (Angola) elected


Female candidates


Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone)  – 35

Lydia Nsekera (Burundi) – 12


Election of the African representative for the FIFA Council for the cycle 2017 – 2021

Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish Category


Hani Abo Rida (Egypt)

Tarek Bouchamoui (Tunisia)

Tarek Bouchamoui elected after Hani Abo Rida withdrew


Francophone Category


Augustin Sidy Diallo (Cote d’Ivoire) – 19

Omari Constant Selemani (RD Congo) – 35


Anglophone Category


Kwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana) – 33

Leodegar Tenga (Tanzania)- 20


Open Category (3 positions to fill)


Almamy Kabele Camara (Guinea)

Lydia Nsekera (Burundi)


* Almamy Kabele Camara (Guinea) & Lydia Nsekera (Burundi) elected