Madagascar FA chief Ahmad is New Caf president

Ahmad is the new chief of African football's governing body Caf. NET PHOTO.

By Agencies

Madagascar Football Association chief Ahmad Ahmad has been elected Confederation of African Football (Caf) 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 Caf 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 departure of Hayatou is a huge change for African football and the 70-year-old will also lose his Fifa position and his place on the ruling council of world football’s governing body.

He had been challenged for the Caf presidency only twice before and on both occasions he won with landslide victories.

Issa Hayatou had ruled Caf for 29 years until today morning when Ahmad ousted him in elections held in Ethiopia.

This time he won only 20 votes, ending his hopes of winning an eighth term in office that would have seen his presidency extend for more than three decades in total.