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AFRICA: Ahmad Ahmad returns to his position as President of CAF

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In a case of embezzlement, the President of the African Football Confederation (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad was suspended for five years on 23 November 2020 by the FIFA Ethics Commission. Since then, the Congolese Constant Omari has been acting in this position. The latter confirmed the decision of the return of Malagasy to the head of the African football body on Sunday 31 January 2021, forty-eight hours after the provisional lifting of its suspension by the Arbitral Tribunal for Sport (CAS).

With the lifting of his suspension on Sunday 31 January, Ahmad Ahmad, who succeeded Issa Hayatou as CAF President in March 2017, will be able to stand as a candidate for his own succession to the elections scheduled for 12 March 2021 in Rabat, Morocco. He also returned to his position as president of the governing body of African football. A source of relief on the occasion of which he wished to thank, in these words, the interim President Constant Omari: “I warmly thank Constant Omari for having held the presidency in recent weeks. He has notably brilliantly implemented the organization of CHAN TOTAL Cameroon 2020. I will bring this magnificent competition to a close, and allow football, as always, to triumph.”

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The former president of the FCA had filed a statement of appeal calling for the annulment of the FIFA decision, which implied for him the possibility of standing in the next election. The request to suspend FIFA sanctions was validated, but only in the run-up to the elections.

Thus, despite the return of Ahmad Ahmad to the head of the CAF, the SBT intends to examine his case again on 2 March before finally deciding on 12 March. But for the moment, four candidates are in the running to succeed the 61-year-old Malagasy. They are Ivorian Jacques Anouma, South African Patrice Motsepe, Senegalese Augustin Senghor and Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya.


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