ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) --
President of Madagascar’s Football Federation (FMF) Augustin
Ahmad was elected president of the Confederation of African football (CAF), FMF
vice president Doda Andriamiasasoa said Thursday.
Ahmad won 34
votes against 20 of his competitor Issa Hayatou during an election in Addis
Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Thursday.
will leave his post as senator of Madagascar and FMF president to lead the CAF,
AU congratulates newly elected CAF
president, pays tribute to Issa Hayatou
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The African Union (AU) has congratulated the newly elected
president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), a football governing
body on the continent.
Madagascar’s football chief, Ahmad Ahmad, won the CAF presidential elections
against the long-serving Issa Hayatou of Cameroon, by 34-20, during the 39th CAF
Ordinary General Assembly held on Thursday at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia’s
capital Addis Ababa.
Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU Commission, has congratulated the
newly elected African football leader, who is President of the Madagascar
Football Association, according to a statement from the pan-African bloc on
Mahamat took the opportunity to pay tribute to the outgoing President of CAF,
Issa Hayatou, for his meritorious and dedicated services to the development of
football on the continent.
He has lauded contribution of the outgoing CAF president to elevate the
status of African football to international standards, increasing the number of
Africa teams in World Cup finals as well as for playing a pivotal role in having
Africa to host one of the best-ever organized FIFA World Cup, which was hosted
in South Africa.
At the opening of the Assembly, the AU Commission Chairperson recalled the
historic relationship that exists between the AU Commission and CAF.
Mahamat noted that both AU and CAF share values of Pan-Africanism,
highlighting the role of CAF in the liberation struggle.
The pan-African bloc and the African football governing body signed a
memorandum of understanding (MOU) in 2012, though their relationship goes beyond
the MoU, and embodies the aspirations of Agenda 2063.
The AU-CAF collaboration has been instrumental in advancing key social causes
such as campaigns to kick Polio Out, Make Peace Happen, Eradicate Malaria,
HIV/Aids, Fight against Ebola and End Child Marriage campaigns, has said the
The Chairperson of the AU Commission hopes that the relationship of the AU
Commission and CAF will continue growing in the benefit of the African
88 Madagascar athletes to train for five months
ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) --
Eighty-eight Malagasy athletes will be sent to China for five
months of training this year, Malagasy sports minister said on Friday.
Malagasy athletes in five disciplines will be selected by Chinese experts and
Malagasy technicians and will leave this year for five months of training in
China,” Madagascar’s minister of sports Anicet Andriamosarisoa said during the
signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Chinese ambassador to
Madagascar Yang Xiaorong.
Malagasy athletes perform in swimming, athletics, ping pong, weightlifting and
badminton,” the minister said.
government sent a study mission consisting of four experts to study the needs of
the Malagasy side and establish the sports cooperation program,” the minister
swimming, athletics, ping pong, weightlifting and badminton, other disciplines
will also be improved as part of this Sino-Malagasy sport cooperation program,
the minister disclosed.
that the two countries planned to invite Chinese sports coaches in Madagascar
and to send talented Malagasy athletes to train in China and provide sports
“Our goal is
to help Madagascar improve the performances and conditions of training,” the
Chinese ambassador said.
implementation of this project will reinforce the existing cooperation and will
support the implementation of Madagascar’s national sports policy, increase the
exchanges of young athletes from both countries,” Yang said.
ambassador added that this is “the most important project in recent years in the
field of sports cooperation between the two countries.”