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End of an era as FIFA veteran Hayatou’s reign in Africa ends (The Associated Press)

March 16, 2017

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, then Acting FIFA President Issa Hayatou enters the stage of a UEFA meeting in Zurich, Switzerland. Hayatou's reign could end at the Confederation of African Football's general assembly in Ethiopia on Thursday, March 16, 2017, after nearly 30 years as the head of the African soccer confederation and a top FIFA executive. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

In an era-ending result, Issa Hayatou was voted out as president of the African soccer confederation on Thursday after 29 years in charge, removing him in the same stroke as FIFA’s most senior vice president and from the world body’s ruling council. Hayatou’s defeat to Madagascar’s Ahmad by 34 votes to 20 in a ballot of the Confederation of African Football’s 54 member countries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, provided a seismic shakeup for soccer on the continent, which Hayatou had led since 1988. The victor and new CAF president was held aloft by officials.

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