The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki has described the electoral victory of Mr. Ahmad Ahmad as President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), as a new beginning for African football which has been yearning for the injection of fresh blood into its management.
Congratulating Ahmad, Saraki added that the victory is a testament to Ahmad’s message and determination to positively alter the 29-year status quo in CAF.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki lauded Ahmad as a consummate technocrat, with the capacity to usher in a new era of innovation and positive change into the affairs of CAF.
He called on all Football Associations (FA) in Africa to support the new President, to enable him deliver on his electioneering promises, for the good of the game.
“This is a new beginning and we cannot afford to make the mistakes of the past.
“African football has been yearning for a new direction and now that this opportunity to inject fresh blood into the management of the continental body has been realized, it is time for all stakeholders to roll up their sleeves and support the new executive to extend the frontiers and fortunes of African Football at the global level,” Saraki said.
The Senate President also commended the outgoing President, Mr. Issa Hayatou, for immense contribution to the development of African football in Africa in the past 29 years.
“Hayatou has served the organization well, now, we look forward to the new leadership to usher in a new era of change and effectiveness to raise the standard of African football across all levels,” he added in the statement.