Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad has been elected the new CAF president, beating the incumbent, Issa Hayatou, 34 to 20 votes at the elections which is currently happening in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The victory means Hayatou’s almost 29-year reign at the helms of affairs at the African football governing body has come to an end.
See how pundits and fans reacted on twitter
Change has taken over in CAF. Congratulations to Mr. Ahmed Ahmed.— Ogbeni Segun Odunayo (@Segun_Odunayo) March 16, 2017
Mark the date. Years from now, you'll tell your grandkids where you were and what you were doing when Hayatou was voted out. #CAFGA2017— Solace Chukwu (@TheOddSolace) March 16, 2017
Even if @PinnickAmaju doesn't win a CAF seat, he's won this election. I commend his bravery/foresight. Daring/defeating Hayatou is no joke.— Oluwatoyin Ibitoye (@Toyin_Ibitoye) March 16, 2017
End of the road for Uncle Issa at 70. Took charge of CAF in 1988. He's human, had his good, bad & ugly sides but left his mark. Bon voyage! pic.twitter.com/yV3qzGX8Ph— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) March 16, 2017
Thanks for the memories.— Oluwatoyin Ibitoye (@Toyin_Ibitoye) March 16, 2017
You have served African football well, it's now time to wave good bye & get some deserved rest#AhmadAhmad #Change. pic.twitter.com/oTDfywnfOZ
I'm happy that there's a change in CAF. New ideas.— Chuka (@ChukaMVP) March 16, 2017
But Africa cannot sell short what Hayatou did for the continent. Man was brilliant.
Ahmad promised administrative reform, financial transparency and a potential reorganisation of CAF competitions. The Malagasy must deliver.. pic.twitter.com/wpAGa3KhWw— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) March 16, 2017
The feeling u get When u hear Ahmed Ahmed has overthrown Issah Hayatou pic.twitter.com/lgf7O0IUL7— Prince Nortison (@RickStunna) March 16, 2017
'THE MOST WANTED' Phillip Chiyangwa, Cosafa/Zimbabwe FA President. " We have destroyed the empire" #CAFElections pic.twitter.com/f6RrYECvkJ— Juliet Bawuah (@julietbawuah) March 16, 2017
'The devil you know and the angel you don't know' parable...— J. Moha (@jamesezimoha) March 16, 2017
Ahmad Ahmad takes over from Issa Hayatou as @CAF_Online president.
Behold, the change mantra hits African football. Ahmad sweeps the sleeping one out of CAF. Hauuray!!!— Godwin Enakhena (@genakhena) March 16, 2017
Congratulations to Mr. AHMAD AHMAD, newly elected President of CAF @CAF_Online— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) March 16, 2017
So far, it looks like a masterstroke by @PinnickAmaju to openly get behind Ahmad Ahmad.— Deji Kofi Faremi (@deejayfaremi) March 16, 2017
Let me sincerely congratulate Ahmad Ahmad for emerging the new CAF President and the role NFF President played in the election— Victor Ikpeba (@V_Ikpeba) March 16, 2017
BREAKING : Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar has been elected as the new CAF President, beating Hayatou #CAFElections pic.twitter.com/ZUQqQDf1mK— Wolexis.com (@wolexis) March 16, 2017