–Issa Hayatou Out
It was another remarkable moment in the history of African football after Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign was yesterday brought to an end in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The 70 year old lost the election after Madagascar Football Association chief Ahmad Ahmad won 34 of the 54 votes.
The election did not only witness Ahmad taking over African football as CAF President, but there was also a change of CAF’s Executive Committee (EC) members that saw the president of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Musa Hassan Bility, being elected as one of CAF’s new EC members.
According to the results, the LFA President defeated Amadou Diakité of Mali 26 to 22 votes.
Despite his disqualification to contest for the FIFA presidency, the LFA boss did not give up in his quest to represent Liberia at the international or continental level.
Even though he receives criticisms regarding the way in which football is being run under his administration, several critics of his have welcomed his new ascendency as an Executive Member of CAF.
In an interview with the BBC after the election, Mr. Bility said, “Africa has made an emphatic decision that we are ready for change.”
Having ascended such a position, it is now the hope of many in Liberia that Mr. Bility will represent country’s best interest in CAF.