At a 55th General Assembly of CAF, Mr Ahmad, rode to power on the wings of change and managed to topple the ailing Alhaji Hayatou. It was unclear if the proceedings would prevent Chiyangwa from voting in the election, when Hayatou is expected to face his sternest challenge.
Ahmad has based his campaign on “transparency in the management” of CAF and an end to “obsolete practices”.
Jordaan had failed four years ago in his bid to get onto the cabinet of African football’s governing body when he was upset by Ahmad of Madagascar.
The post Pinnick ordered to back Hayatou for CAF post appeared first on Vanguard News. It was later confirmed through the IOC Ethics Commission that Hayatou had received a monetary payment, but as he was not an IOC member at the time his sanction by the IOC was minimal.
Hayatou’s confidence shouldn’t be ignored, with his longevity impressive: Sepp Blatter was still FIFA’s secretary general when Hayatou took charge of African soccer. Age limits for candidates were also removed, allowing Hayatou to be eligible for re-election this year.
A key factor for Ahmad was in being able to lobby for, and build support from within the executive committee – as the election rules demand – and has drawn support from beyond the increasingly disaffected south of Africa. “Nobody can know that at this moment”.
“When you work hard for years and months and you succeed, that is great”.
Zimbabwe Football Association chief, Philip Chiyangwa, who is also COSAFA leader, said: “We have all endorsed Ahmad Ahmad”. The reason? Nigeria’s political relationship with Cameroon. Next was the president of the Union of European Football Associations, Michel Platini.
Football is undoubtedly the biggest sport on the African continent. A string of other Federation Internationale de Football Association powerbrokers in that executive committee have now been indicted for alleged corruption in the US Department of Justice criminal proceedings, or been banned by Fifa’s own ethics committee, for malpractice.
Hayatou’s fate depends on how many old friends the longtime leader has kept.
With the development, Hayatou will now finally step down as CAF president after 28 years.
Ahmad is now certain to review the deal after benefiting from the pace with so many critics of Hayatou losing their inhibitions about going public with criticism.
It is believed that the 57-year-old Ahmad‚ a former government minister and who goes by just a single name‚ will usher in a new era in continental football.