The body of Africa sports journalists has welcomed the newly elected President of the Confederation of Africa Football, Ahmad Ahmad and urged him to live up to his commitment to inclusivity while keeping steadfast to the change he promised.
President of AIPS Africa, Mitchel Obi, gave the short message on Thursday afternoon in Addis Ababa, right from the floor of the CAF Elective Congress shortly after Ahmad Ahmed was declared winner over seventh time Presudent Isah Hayatou with a poll of 34 over 20 votes.
Obi commended the outgone Presudent Hayatou for his “monumental contributions” to Africa football while he described Ahmad’s victory as “hard fought.”
Stressing the critical place of the media in the game, the AIPS President expressed the expectations and cooperation of the body of African sports journalists to achieve positive change and called on Ahmad to return the game to the people, the fans, as he takes the mantle to drive the process.
“AIPS Africa is a recognized statutory partner of CAF and knowing the strength of today’s media and the value which the body of African sports journalists can bring to bear in the change agenda we are looking ahead to a level of cooperation that will be beneficial to all stakeholders of the game and bring joy to all those who love the African game,” Obi said.
“Whilst we salute the immense and monumental contribution of the outgoing president Issa Hayatou it is also a fitting opportunity to congratulate Ahmad Ahmad for a well fought victory and for his avowed commitment to return the game to the people which includes all the sports journalists in the continent who have in different measure made this Election Day memorable.”