November 23, 2020

FIFA Bans CAF President for 5 Years Over Corruption

Confederation of African Football (CAF) president and FIFA vice-president, Ahmad Ahmad, has been banned from all football-related activities for five years by the sport’s governing body over financial corruption.

The decision was announced on Monday, 23 November, by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, who ruled that Ahmad had breached FIFA’s code of ethics.

According to the official statement released, the FIFA ethics committee have been investigating various CAF financial governance activities, including the organisation and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca, and a sports equipment contract with a company named Tactical Steel.

The 60-year-old football leader was found guilty of violating his duty of loyalty, accepting bribery in the form of gifts and other benefits, mismanaging funds and abusing his position as the CAF President.

In addition to the 5-year ban, the Madagascan international was also handed with a $200 000 fine for his wrongdoings.

The next CAF election will take place on Friday, 12 March 2021 in Rabat, Morocco.

South African Football Association (SAFA) have confirmed Mamelodi Sundowns’ president Patrice Motsepe’s candidacy – which has been supported by Sierra Leone, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

However, Motsepe will experience a tough run against Jacques Anouma, of the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF), Augustin Senghor, who is president of Senegal FA (FSF), and the head of the Mauritanian federation (FFRIM), Ahmed Yahya.

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