CAF Elects New Leaders Today

CAF Elects New Leaders Today

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is today, Thursday March 16, 2017 electing new leaders to take on the continent’s football governing body for the next five years.

CAF has only ever had five presidents in its 60-year history and the last time a new leader was appointed was way back in 1988.

Today’s election in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, could herald a change, but long-time incumbent, Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou, is not giving up without a fight.

Hayatou, in charge for nearly three decades, has often been re-elected unopposed. On the two occasions when he did face a challenge, he won with landslides amongst the electorate of presidents of Africa’s football associations.

In 2000, he beat Angola’s Armando Machado by 47-4 votes and four years later he defeated Ismail Bhamjee of Botswana by 46-6 votes.

As he seeks an eighth term on today, taking on Madagascar FA head Ahmad Ahmad, Hayatou knows that victory this time around will not come nearly as easily.

That aside, our own, Eng Moses Magogo (FUFA President) is also vying for CAF slot of representing CECAFA.

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