On 16 March 2017, Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar delivered a speech after being elected as the new President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) during the 39th CAF General Assembly in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
A brief review of the birth of the Confederation
At the 29th Congress of the Fédération Internationale of Football Association (FIFA) held in Berne in 1954, on the sidelines of the 5th World Cup, FIFA “admits in its statutes that national associations that belong to the same continent can be grouped into confederations which will be recognized by international bodies.”
The African countries members of FIFA, that are Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and South Africa, decided to create the first pan-African institution in history: Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF). This birth would take place in Khartoum (Sudan) in February 1957.
On 10 February 1957, after the CAF constitutive assembly, the first African Cup of Nations (CAN) was held in the Sudanese capital.
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