Issa Hayatou's 29-year grip in African football ended on Thursday when Caf voted for Madagascan football administrator Ahmad Ahmad as the confederation's new president.
Ahmad defeated Hayatou by 34 votes to 20, thus bringing to an end Hayatou's reign, which began when he replaced Abdel Halim Mohammad in 1988.
Results of the election: Ahmed Ahmed: 34 votes
Issa Hayatou: 20 votes #CAFGA2017— CAF (@CAF_Online) March 16, 2017
The surprise result, which was announced Caf’s 39th General Assembly in Addis Ababa, prompted shock and celebration across social media, with many fans, pundits and observers celebrating the departure of the 70-year-old, who has been accused of various controversies during his long stint at the helm.
However, the Cameroonian has overseen significant improvement in Caf’s standing within the global football community and considerable.growth within the continental game.
Ahmed Ahmed of Madagascar defeated incumbent Issa Hayatou 34 - 20 to emerge new Caf president, what a fresh start for African football... — Oluwatomiwa Babalola (@TomiwaBabalola) March 16, 2017
Ahmad Ahmad (Madagascar) is the new Caf president. Thumped outgoing Issa Hayatou 34-20. Fresh air for African Football. Pinnick wins! — TOLULOPE OLASOJI (@Tollexrism) March 16, 2017
Wind on change blowing around indeed. — Prince Narkortu Teye (@TeyePrince) March 16, 2017