End Of The Road For CAF Boss Issa Hayatou?

Unless something sensationally dramatic happens in the next few hours, CAF will have a new president in Madagascar’s football chief, Ahmad, who Vanguard investigations show is heading for a sweeping victory over incumbent boss Issa Hayatou. 

Hayatou, who has been at the helm of affairs of the continental soccer governing body since 1988, is going for a record eighth term but faces perhaps, his biggest challenge yet in Ahmad, who we understand has wormed his way into previously perceived strongholds of the 70-year-old Cameroonian.

According to checks conducted by Vanguard, 52 football federation chiefs will vote in today’s CAF Congress in Addis Ababa, with an aspirant needing 27 votes to win the presidential race, which has been Hayatou’s exclusive preserve in the last 28 years.

Having stayed this long in office and enjoyed the attendant perks and powers that go with it, a growing number of new generation football chiefs have perfected iron-clad plan to ease Hayatou out of his comfort zone.

One Southern African football chief informed Vanguard last night that the pro-Ahmad group was sure of winning at least 13 of the 14 votes that will come from the Council of Southern African Football Associations on election date.

“As I am talking to you now, we are very sure of getting 13 votes. That is the worst possible scenario that can happen to us”, he said.

Countries in the COSAFA include Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Interestingly, Ahmad is from this region, where his acceptance rating is at a premium.

Sports Vanguard findings of the likely voting pattern in the CESAFA also show that the pro-Ahmad group has gotten the firm commitment of at least seven of the 12 delegates to the Congress in Addis Ababa, taking the vote count of the Madagascar-born football head to 20.

Countries in this region consist of Djibouti, who have declared they will vote for Ahmad, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South-Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar.
End Of The Road For CAF Boss Issa Hayatou?
Needing another seven votes to end Hayatou’s long-standing reign in CAF, a key figure in Ahmad’s think-tank, who has criss-crossed over 37 countries in the last weeks, campaigning for change in African football, told Sports Vanguard that the West African Football Union will, in the worst case scenario, give Ahmad nine votes, taking his haul to 29, two more than the 27 threshold needed to win the CAF presidency. — Vanguard.

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