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“African football cannot be managed by bandits”- Ahmad Ahmad

Football – 2017 39th CAF General Assembly – Nelson Mandela Plenary Hall – Addis Ababa

The new president of CAF Ahmad Ahmad, has said “African football cannot be managed by bandits”.

Ahmad Ahmad, 54, the little known head of the Madagascar FA, was on Thursday afternoon elected the new CAF president .

He got 14 more votes than incumbent Issa Hayatou, whose reign as the head of African football had stretched to nearly three decades.

“I’m not a candidate who will serve his personal interests,” Ahmad said in a statement before the voting at a congress in Ethiopia.

“African football cannot be managed by bandits,”

He said: I will reorganise CAF’s financial sector to make it accessible to all sectors and areas.

“Five million dollars, or 50 per cent of earnings from FIFA, will go to African federations.”

In an earlier interview with the BBC, Ahmad stated that Hayatou has done all he could for CAF.

“In life, there is a limit. Typically in politics, everyone has his chance – maybe it is time (for Hayatou to quit),” he said.

Hayatou’s exit also means he loses his FIFA position and his place on the body’s ruling council.

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