By Abiola Shodiya
As the date for the CAF Elections draw nearer, presidential aspirant from Madagascar Ahmad Ahmad has visited Nigeria to officially solicit the support of the Federal Government as well as that of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Ahmad, who is the Madagascan Football Association President, is in a mother of all battles, as he hopes to unseat incumbent President of CAF, Issa Hayatou who has been the president of confederation since 1989.
Ahmad revealed that Nigeria and indeed NFF president, Amaju Pinnick was one of the driving forces behind his presidential campaign, saying he never had the intention of contesting until Pinnick and others gave him the backing.
“It’s not my ambition to become the President of CAF but all my colleagues like Amaju Pinnick discussed after the FIFA congress in Mexico that it’s time for change”, he said.
The Madagascan also said that change was long overdue in CAF, as he highlighted many grey areas in the present CAF set up, ranging from the issue of refereeing, to technical development of the game in the continent.
“We have to take technical development seriously. You can’t pick someone to be a coach in only 10, 15 days; no, no, that’s not football. You’ve to learn it a long time and step by step. But the licence is just to help you jostle for work. A lot of things have to change”.
Ahmad also vowed that if God does not stop him, nobody can stop him.
“Maybe some people tried to be president in the past and were stopped. If God does not stop me, nobody can stop me. We believe the time for change has come”, he reiterated.
Ahmad’s visited the Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung and Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
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