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Augustin Ahmad of Madagascar elected
president of African football confederation

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.

Ahmad, 57, will leave his post as senator of Madagascar and FMF president to lead the CAF, said Andriamiasasoa.


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 Friday.

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 Chairperson.

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 continent.



88 Madagascar athletes to train for five months in China

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.

“Eighty-eight 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.

“These Malagasy athletes perform in swimming, athletics, ping pong, weightlifting and badminton,” the minister said.

“The Chinese 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 added.

Apart from 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.

Yang said 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 equipment.

“Our goal is to help Madagascar improve the performances and conditions of training,” the Chinese ambassador said.

“The 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.

The Chinese ambassador added that this is “the most important project in recent years in the field of sports cooperation between the two countries.”



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