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Accused Ahmad in Tanzania where bribery and abuse of office is frowned upon

2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations

(Dar es Salaam, 14–28 April 2019)

Results:

Monday, April 15:

Group ‘B’:

Guinea 0-2 Cameroun – (Azam Complex, Chamazi)

Morocco 1-1 Senegal – (Azam Complex, Chamazi)

Sunday, April 14:

Group ‘A’:

Tanzania 4-5 Nigeria – (National Stadium)

Angola 1-0 Uganda – (National Stadium)

Fixtures:

Wednesday Monday, April 17:

Group ‘A’:

14.00: Nigeria v Angola – (National Stadium)

17.00: Tanzania v Uganda – (National Stadium)

FOOTBALL administrators round the world accused of felony exhibit a thick skin but for African Football Confederation President Ahmad Ahmad being in a country like Tanzania where war rages on leaders charged with bribery, fraud and abuse of office,  putting up a brave face — amid shocking accusations against him – will test him throughout the ongoing 2019 AFCON U17 championship.

The CAF President recently fired the organisation’s secretary general, Egyptian Amr Fahmy, who it was alleged was preparing to accuse his boss [Ahmad] of bribery and misuse of hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to an official CAF internal audit document.

TOP: Ahmad Ahmad (right) at Azam Complex, Chamazi, before an AFCON U17 match on Monday, with Wallace Karia (second from left) President of Tanzania Football Federation accused, together with Cape Verde, of having received Sh2million bribe from Ahmad. Above: The CAF President Ahmad (second from left) with Tanzania Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa (third from left) at the National Stadium Dar es Salaam on Sunday to launch U17 AFCON

TOP: Ahmad Ahmad (right) at Azam Complex, Chamazi, before an AFCON U17 match on Monday, with Wallace Karia (second from left) President of Tanzania Football Federation accused, together with Cape Verde, of having received Sh2million bribe from Ahmad. Above: The CAF President Ahmad (second from left) with Tanzania Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa (third from left) at the National Stadium Dar es Salaam on Sunday to launch U17 AFCON

The document, sent on March 31 by Fahmy to a FIFA investigations committee and now seen by independent media, accuses Ahmad of ordering his secretary-general to pay $20,000 (Sh 2m) bribes into accounts of African football association presidents, including Tanzania where he is at the moment and Cape Verde.

In his current visit to Tanzania where Ahmad was accompanied by the country’s Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa to launch the U17 AFCON competition on Sunday, the country’s President John Magufuli is a no-nonsense man against corrupt individuals. His anti-graft campaign, immediately after becoming President in November 2015 saw a number of Tanzania Football leaders, including the national association’s President Jamal Malinzi in jail, till now, facing bribery, theft and fraud charges.

Ahmad (right) the CAF President with a match official at Azam Sports Complex during Monday’s programme

Ahmad (right) the CAF President with a match official at Azam Sports Complex during Monday’s programme

After Fahmy, 36, was fired by the 59-year-old Ahmad, a former Madagascar cabinet minister, Fahmy has gone ahead, anyway, to release the incriminating dossier he was said to have been preparing. The corruption accusations against Ahmad is a potential blow to FIFA’s efforts to clean up the game after a raft of scandals worldwide. Fahmy was replaced with Morocco’s Mouad Hajji.

The Fahmy document also accused Ahmad of costing CAF an extra $830,000 (Sh83,838,300) by ordering equipment via a French intermediary company called Tactical Steel. Furthermore, it accuses him of harassing four female CAF staff; violating statutes to increase Moroccan representation within the organisation; and over-spending more than $400,000 of CAF money on cars in Egypt and Madagascar, where a satellite office has been set up for him.

Morocco has possession against Tunisia in their 1-1 result at the AFCON U17 at Chamazi on Monday

Senegal has possession against Morocco in their 1-1 result at the AFCON U17 at Chamazi on Monday

It accuses Ahmad of costing CAF nearly $100,288 (Sh10,131,093) for selectively inviting 15 Moslem presidents of national football associations for an exclusive meeting in Cairo during the holy month of Ramadhan and a journey for the Umra in Saudi Arabia. Ahmad only remitted $10,000 (Sh1m) to CAF.

Spectacular accusations against Ahmad are of sexual harassment of female Secretariat staff in the Cairo headquarters.  The Fahmy dossier sais Ahmad’s current assistant just got moved from her position in his bureau for consistent refusal to sleep with him (Ahmad). It says Ahmad continuously asked female Hq staff to go to his hotel apartment and rooms. It says one of the staff has in safe custody Ahmad’s advances through phone calls and messages.

Stinging dossier: Amr Fahmy (righty) with Anthony Baffaoe's CAF in charge of development. Fahmy was sacked and replaced with Mouad Hajji (below) of Morocco but the Egyptian has written to FIFA with a raft of charges against CAF President Ahmad

Stinging dossier: Amr Fahmy (righty) with Anthony Baffaoe’s CAF in charge of development. Fahmy was sacked and replaced with Mouad Hajji (below) of Morocco but the Egyptian has written to FIFA with a raft of charges against CAF President Ahmad

This is verbatim from part of the Fahmy report to the CAF Council and also for the attention of FIFA where Ahmad is a Vice-President:

CAF President inviting the Moslem presidents of federations to the Umra during Ramadhan 2018 in Saudi Arabia costing $100,288 (Sh10,131,093)

  • FIFA Vice-President/CAF President Ahmad arranged an Umra journey through Astra Travel Agency for all Moslem presidents of federations of Africa for the first time at local, regional and international level
  • The delegation comprised 18 persons; including Ahmad and two from the presidential office and 15 African presidents of federations
  • Compliance chief officer (part of the CAF President’s staff) indicated to the finance director in email that the reason the 15 Moslem presidents of federations were in Cairo for a meeting at CAF Hqs (only Moslem presidents meeting together during Ramadhan on CAF expenses!) and that CAF will assume expenses from their federations to Cairo. He implied that their travel from Cairo to Saudi Arabia will be on private matters and will be covered by the person who gave the order
  • What really happened is that CAF covered the travel expenses and the accommodation in Cairo prior to the journey for the cost of $100,288 (Sh10,131,093). Only $10,000 (Sh1m) were paid from FIFA VP/CAF President, as he gave himself indemnities on his mission as FIFA Vice-President during the Russia World Cup as if he was on a CAF Mission, that money was later paid as refund to CAF (9th September 2018) and was his only contribution to the Umra trip

Sexual harassment towards four ladies among CAF female staff

  • Many stories are circulating about the fact that FIFA VP/CAF President Ahmad is contacting some of the female staff of the CAF Secretariat by phone or by sending messages asking them to meet him in his hotel apartment and once he asked one of the staff members to join him in his hotel room to help him in preparing his travel bags
  • One of the employees has kept safe these phone messages
  • His current assistant just got moved from her position in his bureau for consistent refusal to sleep with him
  • Overspending CAF money by purchasing 4 vehicles on CAF expenses
  • One Range Rover for $195,000 (Sh19m) from Egypt (offers received were for $125,000 (sh12m) and $130,000 (Sh13m) but he opted for $195,000 (Sh19m)
  • Three cars from the same agency in Madagascar: Mercedes, $145,000 (Sh14.5m); Santa Fe 4×4 $60,000 (Sh6m); Combi, $30,000 (Sh3m)

-Additional reporting by Correspondents and Agencies

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