Following his triumphant victory as the newly elected President of the Confederation of Africa Football, the President of the Ghana FA Kwesi Nyantakyi believes Ahmad Ahmad was destined to lead the federation.
The CAF Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, therefore produced a new leader for African soccer, with previous president Hayatou having been in charge for the last 29 years.
The departure of Hayatou is a huge change for African football and the 70-year-old will also lose his Fifa position and his place on the ruling council of world football's governing body.
African football will now probably move in a different direction under Ahmad, leaving behind the dark days which prevailed under Hayatou's reign.
But the CAF committee members insisted that Cameroonian Hayatou deserved the vote because he is a Nigerian-friendly president.
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Ahmad's campaign train arrived Abuja, Nigeria early March where he met with Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung and other stakeholders in the Nigerian football space. Upon his win on Thursday, he said, "We worked hard but we won".
Earlier this month Jordaan pulled out of the race to gain a place on FIFA's ruling Council intriguingly just hours before Federation Internationale de Football Association published results of integrity checks into all the candidates, suggesting he knew what was coming. "We want anyone with a love for football and ideas on how to improve the game to feel they can come and discuss this with us", Ahmad said on Friday.
Barely forty-eight hours to the election, confusion ensued after Dalung ordered Pinnick to vote Hayatou rather than Ahmad.
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The 57-year-old, who goes by a single name, told BBC Sport afterwards: "I can't talk at this time". Both those times he won by a landslide and hadn't faced a challenger in more than a decade. An associate of Bin Hammam called Amadou Diallo was linked in 2011 to alleged irregular payments during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting votes.