CAF Elects New President—The African Continent Rejoices

By George Bamu on March 29, 2017


Ahmad Ahmad being lifted by supporters at AU headquarters in Ethiopia, March 16

The Confederation of African Football (CAF), responsible for organizing the African Cup of Nations, elected a new president on March 16 at the Africa Union headquarters in Ethiopia.  He is Madagascar’s Vice-President of the Senate, Ahmad Ahmad.  Ahmad, 57, was also the leader of the Madagascar Football Federation.

He defeated longtime CAF President, Issa Hayatou of Cameroon.

There has been a lot of news going around about this story. Some of the headlines screamed with relief following Hayatou’s long tenure at both CAF, as well as the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).…

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In Case You Missed It: 1/16/17-1/22/17

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on January 25, 2017

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.

In this week’s news, 16 countries compete in the African Cup of Nations and a crackdown on social media in Cameroon.

African Cup of Nations Holds in Gabon

Nigeria’s national football team celebrates the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations win against Burkina Faso.

Football or soccer is a global sport. As the most popular sport in the African continent, it’s no wonder 14 countries are participating in the Africa Cup of Nations. Categorized into four groups, Uganda was eliminated when Day 3 of the tournament comes to a close.…

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With FIFA scandal, let Africans speak out

By Sarah Crozier on June 15, 2015

1HR Sports News

Issa Hayatou and Sepp Blatter

With the resignation of Sepp Blatter coming just four days after his fifth re-election to the head of FIFA, many are wondering what is in store for Issa Hayatou, the head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Some are saying he should be next in line for the head of FIFA, which will most likely vote another leader in by the spring. An obvious next choice, given FIFA’s commitment, especially under Blatter, to developing football programs across the global south nations.

But others across the media and twitterverse are calling for his resignation next — as an even longer incumbent and steeped just as deeply in scandal and allegations of corruption.…

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