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Twitter explodes as Africa votes Issa Hayatou out, Ahmad Ahmad in

13:48 SAST 2017/03/16
Issa Hayatou Rais CAF
The long-serving Caf President was voted out of power on Thursday as African football's leaders voted for his Madagascan adversary

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.

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.