Ahmad Ahmad, the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), on Sunday in Cairo at the confederation’s headquarters formally started work in his new position.
According to a report on the CAF website, Ahmad chaired a meeting with staff of the organisation at the secretariat.
The meeting marked his effective assumption of office following his election to the position during the 39th CAF Ordinary General Assembly on March 16 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He succeeded Issa Hayatou of Cameroon who spent 28 years in the post.
“This house belongs to you. CAF is yours. Let’s protect our institution. We politicians are just passing by, but you have been called to stay.
“I have confidence in you and I am convinced that with you, we will be able to succeed and develop African football more,” the CAF President told the staff as he set out his vision.
At the end of his address, he announced that he had accepted the resignation of the General Secretary, Hicham El Amrani.
The CAF president disclosed that Deputy General Secretary Essam Ahmed, an Egyptian, will act in that capacity until further notice.
The CAF President also presented to the staff, two members of his cabinet.
These are Hedi Hamel, Communications Advisor, and Ludovic Lomotsi, Legal Advisor.
Ahmad was accompanied by two members of the CAF Executive Committee, Constant Selemani and Kwesi Nyantakyi.
After meeting the staff, Ahmad also held sectoral meetings with the different divisions.
These include Finance, Services, Human Resources and Competitions.