The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad has been awarded an honorary doctorate by University of Professional Studies (USPA).
Mr Ahmad, who has established excellent relationships with the sports authorities and governments in Africa, received the award at a brief ceremony held at the University on 25th April.
He comes the first major international sports personality to receive the award from the highly-rated university known for promoting industry.
The Malagasy has been widely praised for the major reforms he has undertaken in football in Africa since becoming the president of CAF about one year ago.
The award recognises Ahmad’s commitment to the promotion of the game in Africa and by extension Ghana, a country he has visited twice since winning the election.
Ahmad has been credited for switching the Africa’s flagship football competition – Cup of Nations – to June, ending the club-versus-country rows that African players have faced when the competition is played in January in the middle of the European season.
He had also been praised for expanding the tournament to accommodate more countries while providing direct $2.5m financial support for Africa’s five representatives at the World Cup.
CAF’s support for all the federations across Africa has also improved with financial and material support in the form of FieldWiz, an electronic performance and tracking systems for team-sports.
A special focus has also been placed on women’s football with a symposium recently held in Morocco to chart a course for a better future as well as the reforms to the inter-clubs competitions.
Vice chancellor Prof Abednego Amartey said the university was honoured to present the award to the former Madagascar minister of state.
“Particularly, we are substantially aware of the positive impact you have made in football arena both in Ghana and the internationally,” Prof Amartey said.
The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) is a public university that provides both academic and business professional education in Ghana.
The university was the first and is still the only public institution with the mandate to offer both academic degrees and provide training for higher professional education in Ghana.
The university has a student population of about eleven thousand and three hundred (2016 estimate).
The school has currently been awarded international accreditation for its Business programs.
This award was given by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).