Cosafa endorses Ahmad for Caf presidency

HARARE - The Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) has thrown its weight behind Madagascar Football Association president Ahmad Ahmad’s candidature for the Confederation of African Football (Caf) presidency in next month’s elections.

The decision for Ahmad’s audacious bid to dethrone Issa Hayatou was arrived at yesterday’s Cosafa meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, where the block’s new president Philip Chiyangwa expressed satisfaction with the resolutions made.

“...we are happy with the resolutions taken by the Council which I think will change the face of the region,” Chiyangwa said.

With the Cosafa support, Ahmad is assured of the backing of the 14-member states under the umbrella body.

He will be up against the sitting Hayatou of Cameroon, who will be going for a record eighth term having been in that position since 1988.

Hayatou, 71, is also the senior vice-president of Fifa.

The 39th Caf General Assembly, where the election of new Caf president will be the main agenda, will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from March 16 to 17, 2017, with more than 380 delegates expected to attend.

Ahmad believes with the endorsement, which guarantees him all 14 Cosafa votes; the face of his candidacy has changed.

“This is now no longer just Ahmad. I am now representing the people of Cosafa who have put this big responsibility on me, and the African people at this election,” he told reporters.

“We have to make a change. We have to be more open, more transparent and inclusive in Caf.”

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