The World Football governing body, FIFA, has banned CAF President Ahmad Ahmad for five years for financial misconduct.
According to a FIFA statement, the Malagasy, who has been under investigation by FIFA Ethics Committee between 2017 and 2019, into irregularities concerning CAF- related governance issues, has been charged for breaching 4 acts of the FIFA code of conduct.
According to the statement by FIFA, Mr. Ahmad has been charged for among many governance issues using CAF money to finance an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca for 15 African FA presidents.
The FIFA Adjudicatory chamber, after the extensive hearing, ruled that the CAF President, had breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds, and abused his position at CAF President, pursuant to the FIFA Code of Ethics.
The decision of the chamber is set to be made known to Mr. Ahmad in the next 60 days, per act 78 par 2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
Please read the statement below:
FIFA in 2019, confirmed that its secretary-general Fatma Samoura had been appointed ‘Fifa General Delegate for Africa’ in a bid to improve governance on the continent after the Confederation of African Football had recently been under scrutiny on several issues relating to both governance and administration.
Samoura held the post for six months from August 1, 2019, to January 2020.
Ahmad Ahmad became CAF President, in 2017, bringing an end to Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign.
The Malagasy was set to seek re-election in next year’s CAF Presidential elections, but that bid now lies in tatters.
As it stands, one of 4 men; Patrice Motsepe of South Africa, Jacques Anouma of Cote D’Ivoire, Augustin Senghor of Senegal and Ahmed Yahya of Mauritania, will be the next CAF President, when the elections take place in March 2020.