Kwesi Nyantakyi, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) president, has been elected to the FIFA Council.
Nyantakyi , 47, secured 31 votes in a tight race to pick the second of the two tickets available.
Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) vice-president, Almamy Kabelem, was first with 37 votes.
Madagascar's Ahmad secured 30 votes, losing out to Nyantakyi by just one vote.
The GFA boss becomes the first Ghanaian to serve on world football's powerful cabinet.
The move came after FIFA expanded its executive council from 24 members to 36 members, earning Africa two additional slots.
Nyantaky qualified Ghana for its first World Cup in 2006. He also achieved World Cup qualification in 2010 and 2014.
Under his leadership, Ghana qualified to the quarter-final of the South Africa 2010 World Cup, and narrowly missed out on the semi-final.