New CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad Steps Down

Ahmad Ahmad

New President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad has stepped down as Vice-President of the Madagascar Senate.

Ahmad, also doubles as chairman of the Madagascar Football Federation, tendered his resignation on Monday to vacate the office he had occupied since February 2016.

The 57-year-old former AC Sotema coach was later received officially by the members of the MFF and Muslim community at the Carlton Hotel in Antananarivo, where he addressed the gathering.

Ahmad was on Thursday overwhelmingly voted as president of CAF, garnering 34 to 20 votes, to bring to a humiliating halt Issa Hayatou’s 29-year rule.

Hayatou was seeking a record eight straight terms in office. The Cameroonian was first elected to head the largest member of FIFA, the world’s football governing body, in March 1988.

Ahmad, a two-time government minister, is also expected to vacate his position as the MFF president, as required by the CAF rules.

This could happen anytime soon with MFF’s first vice-president Soda Andriamiasasoa expected to take over the reins on an interim basis pending elections.

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