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After 29 Years, Issa Hayatou Replaced as African Football President

After 29 Years, Issa Hayatou Replaced as African Football President

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In a stunning defeat, Cameroonian Issa Hayatou was ousted as President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after losing a vote to Madagascar’s Ahmed.

Ahmad, who only has one name, won the election 34-20, ousting Hayatou who has spent 29 years in charge of CAF.

The vote took place in Ethiopia in the presence of FIFA’s new President¬†Gianni Infantino. The vote also means Hayatou will be replaced as a FIFA Senior Vice President.

Following his victory, Ahmad thanked his supporters and promised a wave of change.

Egypt, which had supported the voting out of 70-year-old Hayatou, congratulated Ahmad and took credit for influencing the vote in his favour.

“The most important thing for us is that we showed that Egypt is a major power in Africa; we still have claws. I want to thank the government for the support they gave us during our work,” said Egyptian Football Association President Hany Abo-Rida, according to Ahram Online.

Following his victory, Ahmad had said that a support of a large country like Egypt made him believe that he was going to win.

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. It remains unclear whether Hayatou will officially be charged.

Meanwhile, other African nations have hailed the move as a seismic change for African football.

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