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CAF Elections: Ahmad is new President of African football

Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar Football Association is the new President of Confederation of African football after polling 34 votes against incumbent Issa Hayatou’s 20.

The 39th CAF General Assembly was held in Addis Ababa on Thursday 16th March.

Shortly after winning the polls; Ahmad Ahmad posted on his twitter handle a message;

‘Under the emotion. I thank all those who believed in the change. Thanks to you who were always backing me. We did it. This victory is ours’

FUFA President congratulated Ahmad Ahmad.

‘We believe in his football ideas and Africa will benefit alot from him. Africa will give him the support he needs to make sure we reach greater heights globally. There were strides made during the reign of Mr. Issa Hayatou and he definitely played a key role in the development of the game on the continent’ said Eng. Moses Magogo.

Meanwile Magogo on his maiden attempt at a becoming a CAF Excom member, saw Suleiman Hassan Waberi of Djibouti take the position to represent the Central East Zone at the top. It is the first time for a Ugandan to contest for a position on the CAF Executive Committee.

Tabulation of CAF Elections 2017 as picked from 

Election of the CAF President for the 2017-2021 cycle

Outgoing President: Issa Hayatou (Cameroon)


Ahmad (Madagascar) – 34

Issa Hayatou (Cameroon) – 20

Election of the members of the CAF Executive Committee for the 2017 – 2021 cycle

North Zone

Outgoing Member: Mohamed Raouraoua (Algeria)


Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco) – 41

Mohamed Raouraoua (Algeria) – 7

West A Zone

Outgoing Member: Amadou Diakité (Mali)


Amadou Diakité (Mali) – 22

Hassan Musa Bility (Liberia) – 26

West B Zone

Outgoing Member: Anjorin Moucharafou (Benin)


Amavu Melvin Pinnick (Nigeria) – 32

Anjorin Moucharafou (Benin) – 17

Central Zone

Outgoing Member: Adoum Djibrine (Chad)


Adoum Djibrine (Chad) – Elected unopposed

Central-East Zone

Outgoing Member: Magdi Shams El Din (Sudan)


Juneido Basha Tilmo (Ethiopia) – 9

Magdi Shams El Din (Sudan) – 12

Moses Magogo (Uganda) – 7

Suleiman Hassan Waberi (Djibouti) – 20

*Suleiman Hassan Waberi elected after Magdi Shams El Din withdrew before second round of voting

Southern Zone

Outgoing Members: Ahmad (Madagascar), Suketu Patel (Seychelles)


Danny Jordaan (South Africa) – 35

Frans Mbidi (Namibia) – 24

Rui Eduardo Da Costa (Angola) – 25

Suketu Patel (Seychelles) – withdrew

* Danny Jordaan (South Africa) & Rui Eduardo Da Costa (Angola) elected

Female candidates


Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone)  – 35

Lydia Nsekera (Burundi) – 12

Election of the African representative for the FIFA Council for the cycle 2017 – 2021

Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish Category


Hani Abo Rida (Egypt)

Tarek Bouchamoui (Tunisia)

Tarek Bouchamoui elected after Hani Abo Rida withdrew

Francophone Category


Augustin Sidy Diallo (Cote d’Ivoire) – 19

Omari Constant Selemani (RD Congo) – 35

Anglophone Category


Kwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana) – 33

Leodegar Tenga (Tanzania)- 20

Open Category (3 positions to fill)


Almamy Kabele Camara (Guinea)

Lydia Nsekera (Burundi)

* Almamy Kabele Camara (Guinea) & Lydia Nsekera (Burundi) elected

MAIN PHOTO: The new CAF President Ahmad Ahmad of Madagscar.