The Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad has confirmed his candidacy for re-election.
The Malagasy football administrator submitted his candidacy to serve a second term in office when elections take place in March 2021.
It has been reported that Ahmad has received endorsement from 46 African Federations, who are backing him.
“I accepted to be a candidate while listening to the presidents of the federation, around 46 of whom asked me after receiving my assessment of my initial mandate,” Ahmad told BBC Sport Africa.
“As I have previously announced, I said I would pursue a second mandate if the need was there.
“This is an outcome of working together, of management which involves everybody, which has been happening since 2017.”
Ahmad was elected CAF president three years ago and he ended Cameroonian football administrator Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign as the organisation’s leader.
The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick recently confirmed that he is considering contesting the CAF presidential elections, but Ahmad is unfazed.
“It’s always good during an election to have a rival candidate, but we wait,” he continued. “I know that some people are awaiting other things unrelated to the elections,” the 60-year-old added.
“But as for the elections themselves, they all know they cannot beat me given I represent a group of people who want to go forward together.”
The elective Extraordinary General Assembly will take place in Morocco on 31 March 2021.