Football is undoubtedly the biggest sport on the African continent. It is a sport which can bring together an entire nation for 90 minutes through sheer passion and love for the game. The sport however has been riddled with corruption and maladministration over the last few years. This however could be coming to an end with changes occurring in the hierarchy of the world’s football governing bodies.
It started with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) when in 2015 the then president Sepp Blatter resigned over an ongoing corruption scandal ending his 17 year reign, he has subsequently received a 6 year ban from football. Next was the president of the Union of European Football Associations, Michel Platini. His 8 year reign ended in 2015 when he resigned from his post after receiving a four year ban for his involvement in the FIFA corruption scandal.
Today the Confederation of African Football (CAF) members voted out long standing president, Cameroonian Issa Hayatou bringing an end to his 29 year reign by voting in Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar. Hayatou, who was also allegedly involved in the corruption scandal, lost today’s vote 34 votes to 20.
After ruling African football for such a long time, the decision to vote in a new president has sent shock waves through Africa, here is how African twitter reacted:
I never thought it would happen in my lifetime, Issa Hayatou is gone!! Yerrr, Messi was 9 months old when the guy became Caf prez
— Mninawa Ntloko (@ntlokom) March 16, 2017
Replacing Hayatou was Ahmad’s first hurdle… Now he’s got to prove to everyone why he’s better than him. Why he’s the right man for Africa. ? pic.twitter.com/gM15hxmZF3
— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) March 16, 2017
All hail the new CAF President Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar ?? Change is finally here for African football #CAFElections
— GoldenVoiceAYB (@AyBalogun13) March 16, 2017
It's about time Issa Hayatou left African football. Hopefully this means the rebirth of the beautiful game on the continent. #CAFElections
— Sipho Kubheka (@SiphoKubheka1) March 16, 2017
— Kufre Ekpe (@82ideas) March 16, 2017
— Nelson Ogadimma (@Nexlon_d) March 16, 2017
Issa Hayatou, Cameroon………20 Votes
Ahmed Ahmed, Madagascar…34 Votes
The mighty Hayatou has fallen headlong…………#CAFGA2017
— Otumfoo II (@SirKorda) March 16, 2017
We have new @CAF_Online president, till meet again Issa hayatou,,, u did nothing to improve african soccer,jst go home n spend Qatar money
— Suping J Nteso (@super_nteso) March 16, 2017
Why am I not excited about Issa Hayatou's defeat? We just replaced him with another dictator. Watch how Ahmad Ahmad spends his own 3 decades
— Larrie Peniel (@larriepeniel) March 16, 2017
Issa Hayatou's defeat!!!
Could this be a sign of an African Revolution?????#ChangeIsInTheAir
— Molaw (@geeq38) March 16, 2017