By Tony Ubani
CAF presidential candidate, Ahmad, the president of Madagascar’s football federation will storm Nigeria today to officially inform Nigerians of his intention to challenge the long-serving President of the Confederation of African Football, Issa Hayatou.
Ahmad’s candidature raised a storm in the country before Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung gave NFF President, Melvin Amaju Pinnick the green light to go ahead to use his discretion to vote for the Presidential candidate that would advance Nigeria’s interest.
Pinnick, one of the Africans who is in the vanguard of changing the old order has not hidden his preference for the man from Madagascar. Pinnick had said that CAF needs a new generation of leadership following the change of guards at the World Soccer-governing body, FIFA.
After the Abuja meeting on Tuesday that endorsed the NFF president to contest for a seat on the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, Pinnick confirmed to Sports Vanguard that the 57-year-old Ahmad would be guest of the Sports Minister today.
‘’Yes, Ahmad will be in Nigeria tomorrow(today). He’ll be flying in from Burkina Faso. We’re yet to confirm his time of arrival. He’ll fly to Lagos first and we’ll fly together to Abuja where he will meet Sports Minister Barrister Solomon Dalung and other football stakeholders’’, Amaju said on our hotline.
Ahmad will come up against Caf incumbent, Issa Hayatou in an election set for March 16 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“It’s time to move beyond a three decades long reign. Caf is not a kingdom. I think there could never have been a better time to honour the life president Hayatou with a befitting event and bring this era to an end’’, one of the supporters of Ahmad said.
Ahmad, a member of the Caf Executive Committee, is currently in his third period of office with Madagascar.
Hayatou, who has ruled the African game since 1988, is seeking an eighth term.