The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Ahmad Ahmad has been honoured by the Madagascan President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina following his new job in continental football.
The COSAFA executive committee member was given a national award in his own country after defeating Issa Hayatou, who held the CAF presidential position for nearly three decades.
Following the award, it is reported that Ahmad was elevated to the rank of Grand Officer of the National Order in an event which was attended by high ranking government officials.
“Your election as head of the CAF is an honour for the country. Malagasy sport in recent times is constantly making the country known at the highest level,” said the president of the country.
“After the sporting achievements of 2016, already at the beginning of the year you have brought us this good news.”
Meanwhile, when accepting the accolade, Ahmad promised to fly the nation’s flag high and work hard to improve the status of African football.
“My victory is the result of solidarity and the work of many people, including you, Mr. President, through lobbying,” adds the CAF boss.
“I will try to wear Malagasy colours with my honours in my actions.”
The 57-year-old beat Hayatou with 34 votes to 20, a major victory as he took over the helm of affairs in African football governance.
Source: Voice of Nigeria