By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Nigeria coach Adegboye Onigbinde has tasked new Confederation of African Football President Ahmad Ahmad to fulfill his election promises as he takes over leadership of the body, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Madagascar's Ahmad, 57, defeated Issa Hayatou, who was seeking an eighth term having been in office since 1988, in Thursday's election in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
"The votes by the delegates must have been cast based on their campaign promises," Onigbinde, who has worked with both CAF and FIFA, told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"As Ahmad Ahmad is coming in now, what I expect first is for him to do all he promised for the good of the game in Africa.
"Both men are Africans. In the end what matters most is that football improves in terms of structures, organisation and standard of tournaments.
"I told you that Ahmad Ahmad is new to a lot of people. You really need to be close to him to know what he can offer. But I sincerely hope that he will make a good president.
Onigbinde added that President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick had the right to choose whom he deemed fit to lead Africa's football.
"Pinnick has the right to prefer Ahmad over Hayatou. You will not deny him that right. However whether he did not support the candidate wanted by the Nigerian government or not, it should not bring controversy. The outcome should benefit Nigeria.
"The federal government wanted Issa Hayatou, Pinnick went for Ahmad, Nigeria as represented by Pinnick still backed the winner," Onigbinde stressed.
Nigeria Football Federation's Head of Technical Committee and Board Member, Chris Green, was noncommittal when Completesportsnigeria.com sought his views.
"Congratulations to Ahmad Ahmad on his victory. I have to digest everything after the elections in its entirety and the dust settled," Green, who was said to oppose Pinnick's desire to win a seat on the CAF Executive Committee, said.
"I know we had two great candidates who wanted the best for African football. We have plenty time on our hands to analyse what the new president can bring to the table. A lot of people are excited."