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‘Change in CAF leadership a welcome development’

Football enthusiasts in Abuja say the election of Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad and Nigeria’s Amaju Pinnick will further promote football in the country and on the continent.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ahmad, the new President of Madagascar’s Football Federation on Thursday, ended the 29-year reign of Issa Hayatou as president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Ahmad, who is also the Deputy Senate President of the Indian Ocean Island, defeated the 71-year old Hayatou by 34 votes to 20 to stall the Cameroonian’s eight term bid.
Similarly, Amaju Pinnick, the Nigeria Football Federation President was elected into the Executive Committee of CAF defeating Moucharafou Anjorin of Benin Republic by 32 votes to 17.
Some football enthusiasts, who spoke to NAN, noted that it was obvious African football needed a change at the helm, adding that when change comes, not even a moving train could stop it.
Musa Talle, the Chairman, FCT Football Association said that there was the need for a new face at the helm of African football and a need to realign ourselves with the change that was taking place in football globally.
“By realigning ourselves and keying into the change mantra, it will eventually impact positively on our continent and Nigeria football in particular.
“If we had done otherwise, it means Africa and Nigeria would have been left behind.
“The change swept into FIFA and now it has come to Africa and I am excited about it,’’ he said.
Talle also congratulated Pinnick for winning a seat in the CAF Executive committee, adding that it was a shame that a country of more than 150 million people had no representative in CAF for a long time.
“Apart from the late Etubom Oyo and Dr Amos Adamu who represented us in the past we have not had anybody representing us for a long while.
“Thankfully, a Nigerian is now there. So, let the politics continue,’’ he said.

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