The newly elected president of Confederations of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad has been honoured by the Malagasy government with a national award for his victory in the association’s general elections at a function held in Antananarivo on Wednesday night.

On the occasion, Ahmad was elevated to the rank of Grand Officer of the National Order by the President Hery Rajaonarimampianina at a colourful ceremony that was attended by high ranking government officials.

“Your election as head of the CAF is an honor for the country. Malagasy sport in recent times is constantly making the country known at the highest level.

“After the sporting achievements of 2016, already at the beginning of the year you have brought us this good news,” said the Madagascar president.

In his acceptance speech, Ahmad declared to fly the nation 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. I will try to wear Malagasy colors with my honors in my actions, “said CAF’s new president in his speech.

The 57-year-old Ahmad won the seat by 34 votes to 20, a major victory taking the reins of African football after unseating Hayatou, who was looking for his eighth term as President of CAF.