Ah­mad to chal­lenge for Hay­a­tou

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The Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball (CAF) pres­i­dent Issa Hay­a­tou is be­ing chal­lenged by Mada­gas­car soc­cer head Ah­mad Ah­mad in the up­com­ing elec­tions on March 16. Hay­a­tou was elected to the role in 1988 and if he wins again it will ex­tend his reign as head of African foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body to 33 years. Hay­a­tou, also the senior FIFA vice pres­i­dent, was elected un­op­posed at CAF’s Congress in Mar­rakech in 2013 and only twice pre­vi­ously faced op­po­si­tion to his reign, win­ning re-elec­tion eas­ily each time. Ah­mad said: “I took my de­ci­sion after hear­ing some fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dents say they want change. After the Africa Cup of Na­tions, I’m go­ing to show my pro­gramme. I ex­pect some fed­er­a­tions to sup­port me.”

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