UPDATE 3-Soccer-Ahmad ousts veteran Hayatou as CAF president

Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:29pm GMT
 

* Ahmad of Madagascar wins CAF presidency vote 34-20

* Hayatou served as CAF president for 29 years

* Six executive committee members voted out (adds more detail on executive committee)

By Mark Gleeson

ADDIS ABABA, March 16 (Reuters) - Winds of change gusted through African soccer on Thursday as Ahmad of Madagascar was voted in as the new Confederation of African Football president, ending the 29-year reign of Issa Hayatou in an election in the Ethiopian capital.

The 34-20 vote was a decisive rejection of the 70-year-old incumbent from Cameroon, who had been seeking an eighth term to take his leadership of the African game into a fourth decade.

Ahmad, 57, a former government minister who goes by just a single name, emerged as a surprise candidate late last year and was initially given little chance of unseating Hayatou, who has ruled over African football since 1988.

"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 (Ahmad CAF 2017) from his seat on the podium shortly after being voted in.

Ahmad, who has previously served as minister of sport and of fisheries in Madagascar, was borne on the shoulders of boisterous supporters after the result was announced, while a tired-looking Hayatou seemed stunned.   Continued...

 
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