Hayatou was initially elected to the role in 1988 and if he wins re-elections at the CAF Congress it will extend his reign to 33 years as head of African football’s governing body.
Following a lead set by world governing body FIFA, CAF last year agreed that future presidents of the confederation will be restricted to a maximum of three four-year terms. This creates the possibility of former international middle-distance runner Hayatou remaining in power until he is 83.
Ahmad said: "I took my decision after hearing some federation presidents say they want change. After the Africa Cup of Nations, I am going to organise a press conference to show my programme. I expect some federations to support me.”
The elections are set to take place on 16th March 2017 in Ethiopia's captial city, Addis Ababa.