Hayatou’s Caf Presidency Challenger, Ahmad Unveils Manifesto for March 16 Polls


Ahmad Ahmad, the sole candidate challenging long-term serving Issa Hayatou for president of the Confederation of African Football (Caf), has unveiled his manifesto.

Ahmad, who is also the president Madagascar’s FA is contesting against the Cameroonian, who has been in charge of the continental ruling body, Caf since 1988.

Ahmad is considered an unfancied face to unseat Hayatou, who is seeking an eighth term in office, and is eligible to contest the elections given he is already a member of Caf’s Executive Committee.

The Malagasy has been boosted by receiving the backing of Cosafa, the southern African region and considered the most serious challenger in years to Hayatou, who was re-elected unopposed in 2013.

According to him, his manifesto is centered on his desire for improved governance as well in pursuit of increased transparency and reinvestment outlined on the continental.

He pledged that if elected in Addis Ababa on 16 March he would bring about ‘reconciliation within the different actors of the African football’.

“Those who have lost their trust, their confidence in Caf, those who have been long forgotten and those who have been left on their own – they all must join Caf,” his manifesto states.

Among the other ideas prominent to his candidacy:
*To promote football so as to lead to inclusion
*To bring about reconciliation within African football
*To give greater recognition to those who played a major role in African football
*To create infrastructure that suits African football while avoiding the creation of ‘white elephant’ stadiums