Hayatou’s 29-Year CAF Reign Ends
Even if a carrot was on the ballot paper today, Issa Hayatou did not stand a chance to hold on to CAF's presidency.
The wind of change spreading across the football world settled in Addis Ababa on Thursday and Hayatou’s 29 year reign as King ended.
The Cameroonian was beaten by Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad by 34-20 votes cast.
Hayatou assumed office as CAF president on 10 March 1988, and has won 7 consecutive elections to retain the seat.
Born August 9,1946; the former athlete and sports executive served as the acting FIFA president until 26 February 2016 after previous president, Sepp Blatter, was banned from all football-related activities in 2015.
In 2002, he ran for president of FIFA but was defeated by Blatter. Hayatou is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).New CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad is a 57-year-old father of two. He had a discreet playing and coaching career before he took the reins of the Madagascar football federation in 2003.
"When you try to do something, you mean that you can do it," Ahmad told reporters after the vote. "If I can't do it, I never stand."