AHMAD, THE Madagascar Football Association chief has been elected the new Confederation of African Football president.
Ahmad won 34 of the 54 votes in the election, which was held in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on Thursday, and wil end Issa Hayatou's 29-year reign.
Speaking on his new role, the 57-year-old said: "When you try to do something, you mean that you can do it. If I can't do it, I never stand."
The departure of Hayatou is a pivotal change for African football, resulting in 70-year-old Hayatou losing his Fifa position and his place on the ruling council of world football's governing body.
Hayatou had been challenged for the Caf presidency only twice before, but won both by landslide victories.
"His excellency Issa Hayatou has done a lot for African football (but) it is time for him to step back," said George Afriyie, vice president of the Ghana Football Association.
Liberian Football Association President Musa Bility added: "Africa has made an emphatic decision that we are ready for change. "