Ahmad Ahmad, the head of Madagascar’s Football Association paid a courtesy visit to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the President of Senate Senator Bukola Saraki in Abuja yesterday to solicit for support in his ambition to challenge long-standing Confederation of African Football (Caf) President Issa Hayatou in March 16 presidential elections.

Ahmad, 57-year-old football administrator and a Deputy Senate President of Madagascar who is also a Caf Executive Committee member, told the Nigerian media in Abuja at the League Management Company’s (LMC) office that Nigeria’s backing with other two prominent African countries South Africa and Egypt is the pivotal for being optimistic that he would eventually edge out the incumbent Hayatou from the position.

“I am in Nigeria to thank the Federal Government of Nigeria for throwing its weight behind me. Nigeria support to me is very huge and inspirational for me to win the election. Nigeria is a very big country and very experienced in African football. I consider it very important to visit these three power blocs: Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt to solidify my campaign for the election.