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CAF's surprise new president no stranger to scandal

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By Robert Hackwill
CAF's surprise new president no stranger to scandal

<p>The Indian ocean island of Madagascar has stunned African football by providing the successful candidate to head the <span class="caps">CAF</span>, or continental federation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/16/profile-of-new-caf-boss-ahmad-ahmad/">Ahmad Ahmad</a> won to general surprise over more favoured candidates, dethroning a dinosaur of international football, Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou, who ran the <span class="caps">CAF</span> for <a href="":http://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/soccer/2017/02/23/Ahmad-candidate-daring-to-challenge-long-time-CAF-chief-Hayatou">30 years</a>.. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">General view from the hall <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CAFGA2017?src=hash">#CAFGA2017</a> <a href="https://t.co/KTyVisgCNN">pic.twitter.com/KTyVisgCNN</a></p>— <span class="caps">CAF</span> (@CAF_Online) <a href="https://twitter.com/CAF_Online/status/842306161022009345">16 mars 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Ahmad Ahmad is 57 and of a more modern stamp than his septuagenarian predecessor, but equally familiar with some old-fashioned practices. </p> <p>Hayatou was controversial and often suspected of wrongdoing but Ahmad’s name came up in the corruption <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-15/candidate-to-lead-african-soccer-said-under-ethics-investigation">scandal</a> around Qatar’s winning the 2022 World Cup bid. The Sunday Times accused him of receiving several tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for his vote. </p> <p>The <span class="caps">CAF</span>’s new boss has one immediate priority; get 10 spots for African nations in the new 48-team World Cup.</p>