Caf chief visits Somalia

Monday April 17, 2017

Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad and supporters celebrate his win over Cameroonian Issa Hayatou to become the new Confederation of African Football (Caf) chief March 16, 2017. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

 

Mogadisho – The Confederation of African Football (Caf) President Ahmad Ahmad arrived in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Monday.

Ahmad, who hails from Madagascar, is making his first visit to the troubled Caf member state since his election in Addis Ababa, last month.

The 57-year-old football chief was received at Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport by the Somali Youth and Sports Development minister Khadija Mohamed Dirie.

Civil conflict

Also present at the seafront airport were the President of Somali Football Federation Abdigani Said Arab and other sports officials.

The Caf president was scheduled to visit sports grounds in Mogadishu in bid to encourage the game that has been affected by years of civil conflict.

His candidacy

Ahmad sent shockwaves around the football world when he defeated Cameroonian Issa Hayatou, who held the Caf position for 29 years.

Prior to announcing his candidacy in January, few had ever heard of Ahmad.

He now holds the future of the African game in his hands, a task he says he has what it takes to accomplish. – Africa Review

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