Hayatou Out as CAF President, FIFA Vice President

Pinnick Wins CAF Executive Committee Election      
           Nurudeen Obalola     16 Mar 2017     Africa Headlines

Pinnick Wins CAF Executive Committee Election Nurudeen Obalola 16 Mar 2017 Africa Headlines

Sole challenger, Madagascar's football chief Ahmad pulled off a stunning upset yesterday when he toppled the long serving CAF president, Issa Hayatou, from the pedestal by clinching an unlikely landslide victory of 30 votes in his favour against his opponent's 20 at Africa's governing football body's presidential elective congress in Ethiopia yesterday.

The election did not only witness Ahmad taking over African football as CAF President, but there was also a change of CAF's Executive Committee (EC) members that saw the president of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Musa Hassan Bility, being elected as one of CAF's new EC members.

Jordaan is among a sweep of new faces on the exco after Hayatou's loyalists were swept from power in dramatic blood-letting during the much anticipated elections. Ahmad becomes a FIFA VP in Hayatou's place as the head of the African confederation.

However, following on radical changes in FIFA over the previous year and with a growing number of younger presidents of African football federations, there has been an increased desire for a fresh face at the helm of the African game.

If the drastic changes at Federation Internationale de Football Association, where a raft of senior staff have been removed since Gianni Infantino was elected last February, are any indication to go by, CAF's administration in Cairo is also set for a shake-up.

As the result became apparent, Phillip Chiyangwa, Ahmad's campaign manager, shouted, "We won!" Upon his win on Thursday, he said, "We worked hard but we won".

Ahmad is 57 years old and has two children.

"We are very happy that African football has now been liberated", Rwanda soccer federation president Vincent Nzamwita said.

The affable Ghana FA Boss who was also re-elected as the Anglophone representative on the FIFA Council advised that people should not get jealous over others who have risen to high positions in life.

Zanzibar is the first new member of CAF admitted since South Sudan joined in 2012, bringing the total number of members states to 55.

This time Hayatou was beaten by a man who campaigned on promises to modernize CAF, and make it more transparent and trustworthy.

"And Caf is receiving $5 million‚ which he [Ahmad] said will be distributed to the national associations".

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