Zanzibar becomes 55th member of Confederation of African Football

Posted March 18, 2017

Issa Hayatou was voted out as president of the African soccer confederation on Thursday after 29 years in charge, ending his tenure as Federation Internationale de Football Association senior vice president and dumping him from the world body's ruling council.

Jordaan has realised his long-held ambition of sitting at African football's top table when he was elected to Caf's executive for the next four years.

Many Ghanaians have raised concerns that young and intelligent as Kwesi Nyantakyi is, it was a missed opportunity for him to be CAF President especially when it was clear that the end had come for Hayatou.

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.

Hayatou headed CAF since 1988 and is a senior vice president of Federation Internationale de Football Association.

As the result became apparent, Phillip Chiyangwa, Ahmad's campaign manager, shouted, "We won!"

"The team worked very hard and understood the elections well enough as we didn't let people be confused as we gave them proper direction".

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The Nigeria football chief had triggered the Infantino involvement when he brought him to Nigeria alongside African FA chairmen in a move that started the eventual fall of Hayatou.

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.

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

Ahmad's priority was to set up a new code of ethics for CAF, he said in his final address to voters before the election.

Hayatou and CAF Secretary General Hicham El Amrani have been accused by Egyptian authorities of breaching anti-monopoly regulations in a $US 1bn marketing and television rights deal.

Eritrea was ineligible to cast its vote, as the tiny nation torn by civil wars has failed to enter her football teams in CAF competitions.