CAF president banned from football for five years

CAF president Ahmad Ahmad [Photo: Vanguard News]

Nov, 23rd 2020 – FIFA has banned the CAF president Ahmad Ahmad Duty from any football activities for five years after finding him guilty of  breaching loyalty and Misappropriation of funds. 

In a statement FIFA legal team said the investigation into Mr. Ahmad’s conduct in his position as CAF President during the period from 2017 to 2019 concerned various CAF-related governance issues, including the organization and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca, his involvement in CAF’s dealings with the sports equipment company Tactical Steel and other activities.

The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee in a statement said, “The committee found Ahmad Ahmad, the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and a FIFA Vice-President, guilty of having breached art. 15 (Duty of loyalty), art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts or other benefits) and art. 25 (Abuse of position) of the 2020 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, as well as art. 28 (Misappropriation of funds) of the 2018 edition.”

In addition, a fine of CHF 200,000 has been imposed on Mr Ahmad.

The terms of the decision were notified to Mr. Ahmad today, the date on which the ban comes into force. “In its decision, following an extensive hearing, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that, based on information gathered by the investigatory chamber, Mr. Ahmad had breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF president, pursuant to the FIFA Code of Ethics,” the statement continued.

Ahmad had disclosed his intensions of running for a second term in office but unfortunately, he was struck down by coronavirus, which forced him to hand over to CAF first vice-president Constant Omari as he continued recovery.

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