Mr President of FIFA,
Ladies and Gentlemen, representatives of the Government of Ethiopia,
Mr. Issa Hayatou,
Madam Secretary General of FIFA
Ladies and gentlemen, the guests,
My dear friends Presidents and representatives of national federations,
Above all, I wanted to thank the illustrious Assembly which has just brought me to the presidency of the Confederation of African Football.
Thank you, my friends and fellow Presidents who have worked so hard to allow this election.
I am both excited at having gained such confidence and at the same time aware of the immense task ahead. I would like to pay tribute to Mr Issa HAYATOU, my predecessor for 28 years as head of our Institution and to tell him that he remains one of us and that I take his succession with honor and gravity.
To the President of FIFA, Mr Gianni INFANTINO and FIFA General Secretary Fatma SAMOURA, I would like to tell them that I will be a well-grounded President in the same philosophy and spirit that guide the governance of world football today.
To you, my friends and colleagues, I would like to remind you of all the commitments I have made in my program, all my obligations, all my duties. I would like to tell you loud and clear that I am determined, with you at my side, to carry out with passion the mission you entrust me today and to succeed.
From now on, CAF, CAF, CAF, begins a whole new chapter in its history. She will be the CAF of all and she will be above all CAF exemplary, professional, transparent, modern in all her actions, open and focused on an exceptional and historic future.
Thank you, once again with all my heart!