African football body admits Zanzibar as 55th member

Tabitha Dunn
March 18, 2017

"This is great. for Zanzibar and African football", Zanzibar Football Association President Ravia Idarous Faina told delegates after the vote held at African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Former politician and Madagascar Football Association President Ahmad defeated Hayatau who has served CAF President for 29 years.

Ahmad, 57, a former government minister who goes by just a single name, emerged as a surprise candidate late past year and was initially given little chance of unseating Hayatou, who has ruled over African football since 1988.

"Asides being a member of the new CAF executive, Pinnick has also the protection of the Federation Internationale de Football Association hierarchy and is already a member of Federation Internationale de Football Association competitions committee", the source told TheCable.

Chiyangwa was Ahmad's campaign manager.

The 70-year-old from Cameroon left the congress room when Thursday's result was announced without commenting, led away by the arm by one of his aides.

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Ahmad becomes only the seventh Caf president in the body's 60-year history. Upon his win on Thursday, he said, "We worked hard but we won".

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

Those who tried, like Botswana's Ismael Bhamjee, to challenge him, were swept away by a tide of support for Hayatou with our neighbour getting only four of the more than 50 votes at stake, in a crushing defeat, while others just chose not to try and do what was billed as the impossible. Both those times he won by a landslide and hadn't faced a challenger in more than a decade. He says he will modernise the body and make it more transparent, although his own transparency has once been questioned.

Eritrea was ineligible to cast its vote, as the tiny nation torn by civil wars has failed to enter her football teams in CAF competitions.

Ahmad took his campaign to countries across the continent and is said to have appealed to the smaller ones who over time, had reportedly become disenfranchised with the confederation and its old leadership.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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