Madagascan upstart Ahmad has managed what had seemed impossible for many years and beat Issa Hayatou to become the new Confederation of African Football (CAF) president on Thursday.
The 70-year-old Hayatou had been president since 1988 and Lionel Messi was only nine months old when he became the most powerful man in continental football.
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
His 29-year reign finally came to an end after Ahmad won the CAF election by 34 to 20 votes on a dramatic day in African football. He was openly backed by NFF president Amaju Pinnick
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.