As the countdown to the March 16, Confederation of African Football, CAF election draws nearer, Bounce Sports beams its searchlight on Ahmad Ahmad who is challenging Issa Hayatou for the continent’s number one position in football administration.

 

CAF Executive Committee member

Ahmad is one of the long-serving members of the CAF Executive Committee, which is the highest football decision making body in Africa.

Only members of this ‘revered’ 15-man committee have the chance of taking a shot at the CAF presidency.

 

Third-term Madagascar FA boss

The Fédération Malagasy de Football re-elected Ahmad as president for a third term early this year.

He was retained unopposed, polling 21 of the 22 votes, representing more than the required 50 percent plus one.

The election was supervised by CAF Executive Committee member, Constant Omari, who doubles as president of DR Congo Football Federation (FECOFA).

 

A two-time minister in Madagascar

Ahmad 57, is a two-time minster of sports in his country. Some of his critics claim he did not do enough in that post and wonder what he would offer if elected as the CAF president.

 

Vice Senate President

A politician in his own right, Ahmad is currently Vice President of the Madagascar Senate and he remains one of the most influential personalities in the country.

Ahmad made maiden visit to Nigeria to campaign for votes

Ahmad on March 2 made a maiden visit to Nigeria. He declared that his group is committed to installing new thinking and ideals at the CAF headquarters, if he wins this month’s poll in Addis Ababa.

Ahmad told Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki, Sports Minister Solomon Dalung and NFF officials in Abuja that African football cannot afford to continue with ancient principles while the rest of the world’s game has been taken over by youthful, dynamic and innovative managers.

Toughest opposition to Hayatou ever

Incumbent CAF President, Issa Hayatou is having it rough for the first time as he seeks an astonishing 8th term in office.

With his mantra of change, Ahmad is gathering momentum as he is looking like a viable option for federation president tired of preserving the old order in Africa’s soccer ruling house.