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Ahmad of Madagascar pulled off a stunning upset on Thursday as he ousted long-serving Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou from his post by winning election at the organisation’s congress in Ethiopia.

The 57-year-old former government minister won 34-20 in the poll for the CAF presidency to bring to a surprise end the 29-year tenure of the 70-year-old from Cameroon.

Hayatou had been tipped to hold on to power in what was thought to be a close-run race, but in the end saw the majority of Africa’s associations turn against him in the historic vote.

Hayatou’s two previous challengers went down in flames with just a handful of votes, but Ahmad’s supporters had whipped up a lively campaign and with the tacit support of new FIFA president Gianni Infantino gave the impression beforehand that a shock result could be on the cards.

A new generation of football association presidents, many still schoolboys when Hayatou became president in 1988, have been looking for a freshening up of CAF structures but the organisation’s rules make it difficult to do so.

2017-03-16 @12:06:03

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