Confederation of African Football (Caf) President Ahmad Ahmad has revealed his intention of contesting in the next CAF elections after submitting his candidacy.
Ahmad, who took over from Issa Hayatou in 2017, has been formally entered into the race by the Madagascar Football Federation, as per Caf rules which require any candidate to be nominated by his own association.
According to the 60-year-old, his intention to contest in the next elections, which is scheduled to take place March, next year, was when the 46 federations gave him good remarks of his first term in office.
“I accepted to be a candidate while listening to the presidents of the federation, around 46 of whom asked me after receiving my assessment of my initial mandate,” Ahmad told BBC Sport Africa.
“As I have previously announced, I said I would pursue a second mandate if the need was there,” he explained.
Last week, all but eight federations on the continent gave their backing to the Malagasy to run again.
“This is an outcome of working together, of management which involves everybody, which has been happening since 2017,” he said.
Ahmad Ahmad furthered that he is open for any rivalry candidate and is optimistic he will come out as the winner because of the trust his members has in him.
“It’s always good during an election to have a rival candidate, but we wait,” said Ahmad.
“I know that some people are awaiting other things unrelated to the elections – but as for the elections themselves, they all know they cannot beat me given I represent a group of people who want to go forward together.”
At present, Ahmad is the sole candidate to have submitted a candidacy during the registration period, which ends on 12 November.
By Francis Hema|3news.com|Ghana