Issa Hayatou has been re-elected president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday, beating his Botswanan opponent Ismail Bhamjee by 46 votes to six.

Hayatou’s electioin will see him remain in charge of CAF for four more years, meaning he will have been president for 20 years by the end of his current cycle.

“I can reassure you I am here to again serve African football,” Hayatou said in his victory speech.

“CAF should remain what it is, an African organisation run by Africans,” he said in an apparent reference to his opponent’s Indian ancestry.

Tunisia’s Slim Chiboub won a seat on the FIFA executive committee as one of Africa’s four representatives.

Meanwhile, f ormer African Footballer of the Year Abedi Pele of Ghana, seeking to become the first high-profile player to win a place on the committee, was beaten 32-20 by Amos Adamu of Nigeria.

“I didn’t have the money to fight. You can’t go on reputation alone,” the former Marseille midfielder said.