• Says Nigeria’s support is key to his ambition
• Pays courtesy visits to Saraki, NFF
• Jets out last night to Morocco
Ahmad Ahmad, the head of Madagascar’s Football Association paid a courtesy visit to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the President of Senate Senator Bukola Saraki in Abuja yesterday to solicit for support in his ambition to challenge long-standing Confederation of African Football (Caf) President Issa Hayatou in March 16 presidential elections.
Ahmad, 57-year-old football administrator and a Deputy Senate President of Madagascar who is also a Caf Executive Committee member, told the Nigerian media in Abuja at the League Management Company’s (LMC) office that Nigeria’s backing with other two prominent African countries South Africa and Egypt is the pivotal for being optimistic that he would eventually edge out the incumbent Hayatou from the position.
“I am in Nigeria to thank the Federal Government of Nigeria for throwing its weight behind me. Nigeria support to me is very huge and inspirational for me to win the election. Nigeria is a very big country and very experienced in African football. I consider it very important to visit these three power blocs: Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt to solidify my campaign for the election.
“Nigeria is so important because of the rich talents the country has and administrative expertise too. Nigeria has a pedigree and achievements in the game in the continent and in the international competitions which is very important for any aspiring candidate to get her support which I am happy I have.
“I am confident of beating the incumbent because I have been discussing with other African nations and we have all agreed that this is the time to effect a change in other to move the game forward in the continent and in the world too,” Ahmad disclosed in not too fluent English language.
Before visiting the LMC office to chat with the Nigerian media, he had already paid a courtesy visit to the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation at their Wuse Zone 7 Abuja office. He then paid another courtesy visit to the Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Ahmad left Nigeria yesterday for Morocco to continue his campaign.
Hayatou, who has ruled the African game since 1988, is seeking an eighth term.