Almamy Kabele Camara, a vice-president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and President of Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, have been elected into the FIFA Council.
The duo were elected ahead of two other candidates, Ahmad (Madagascar) and Augustin Senghor (Senegal), at Thursday’s Extraordinary CAF General Assembly held at the Marriott Hotel in Zamalek, Cairo.
Camara polled 37 votes, Nyantakyi got 31, Ahmad polled 30 and Senghor only managed nine votes.
The two men will serve in the position until March 17, 2017, when they will seek re-election at the CAF Congress scheduled for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Some of the issues discussed included the election of two more African members to the FIFA Council, as well as a proposal by the Football Federation of Djibouti, for the modification of article 18.3 of CAF Statutes regarding the candidacy to the presidency of CAF.
Article 18.3 of the CAF Statutes, which the Football Federation of Djibouti is seeking modification, reads: Only member associations are empowered to propose candidacies to the function of CAF President. A candidacy to the function of CAF President is valid only if it is supported by at least five member associations. The candidate with the declaration of support of at least five member associations, a candidate to the function of CAF President must have played an active role in football as an official member of a member association, during four of the last five years preceding the submission of candidacy, and the candidate will have the obligation to go undergo an eligibility check.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and Secretary General, Mohammed Sanusi, were present at this year’s Congress.