So, away from the drama Helen Zille gave us due to her reckless tweets, it seems 16 March has been a day for tilting news. Issa Hayatou has been voted out as the Caf President and has been replaced by Ahmed Ahmed, the football administrator from Madagascar. Hayatou’s reign as Caf President for 29 years has come to an end.
It is the end of the road for him.
Ahmed amassed a convincing 34 votes while his opponent Hayatou gained 20 votes. No dispute there.
There were mixed reactions on social media. Others were thrust into jubilation because the reign of Hayatou which spanned for 29 years has come to an end, as he oversaw a litany of controversies during his tenure as Caf President. Football fans, football pundits and observers cite a tinge of authoritarianism during his long stint at the helm of Caf. Hence, his ousting was long overdue foe some, it is a permanent reprieve many had been awaiting.
However, the Cameroonian was also responsible for the various developments of African football. During his speech at the elections held in Addis Ababa he said that Africa now deserves more football nations at the World Cup due to the vast improvements of the youth teams. Hayatou has given significance to African football on the global stage.
Despite of this, scores are celebrating his loss.
Meanwhile, ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa who was the campaign manager for Ahmed was very elated with the result. He ha even told FIFA president Gianni Infantino beforehand that victory for Ahmed was certain. Chiyangwa’s relations with Hayatou have been marked with hostilities of late.
Africa now waits for Ahmed to deliver tangible results.