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Ahmad can’t fight off limelight as money and sex-abuse probe taken up by Fifa

Ahmad can’t stay out of spotlight as he faces integrity probe by Fifa Ethics Committee. Spanish language publication ‘Marca’ has the latest on the besieged President of CAF (African Football Confederation). Here is the translation:

The FIFA Ethics Committee investigates the president of the CAF, Ahmad Ahmad, for corruption

HE has only been in office for two years but the shadow of suspicion hangs over the current president of CAF, Ahmad Ahmad, as happened with his predecessor in charge, Issa Hayatou.

The boss of the CAF had the attention recently when he arrived in Ecuador on a recent mandate in the eye of the hurricane because of the recent investigation that the Committee of Ethics of the FIFA has opened to try to clarify a series of facts and financial irregularities attributed to Ahmad that, if being confirmed, could force him to resign the position he has held since March 2017.

Top: Ahmad and above: Ahmad (left), along with the president of the Egyptian Federation Hany Abourida and the director of Lagardere

Top: Ahmad and above: Ahmad (left), along with the president of the Egyptian Federation Hany Abou Rida and the director of Lagardere

The former president of the Federation of Madagascar was accused of corruption and abuse of office before the governing body of world football last March by his own secretary general, the Egyptian Amr Fahmy.

The former president of the Federation of Madagascar was accused of corruption and abuse of office before the governing body of world football last March by his own secretary general, the Egyptian Amr Fahmy.

Accused also of sexual harassment

Ahmad will also face accusations of alleged sexual harassment of four employees of the CAF, whose names have not been disclosed. And he must also justify in Zurich his controversial decision to dismiss the aforementioned Fahmy without the support of the Executive Committee.

It happened a few days after Fahmy informed FIFA of the ‘misdeeds’ of his boss, and to replace Moroccan Mouad Hajji in his place, implicitly confirming another of the denouncements of the former Secretary General, the violation of the Statutes of the CAF to increase the number of representatives of that country in the upper echelons of continental football.

Ahmad (centre) at a junior tournament in Burundi

Ahmad (centre) at a junior tournament in Burundi

The sudden cessation of the secretary-general has only added to the widespread malaise that exists today within the largest confederation on the planet soccer (56 affiliated countries) with a president who, after 26 months in office, has fulfilled only one of the promises he made before being elected.

Beginning with the revision of television rights and sponsorship agreements signed by his predecessor Hayatou with Lagardère Sports until the year 2036. It should be remembered that these contracts, granted to the French company ‘a dedo’, were the trigger for the fall from grace of the legendary Cameroonian leader, to whom a Cairo court came to impose a fine of $57 million, in addition to requesting the immediate invalidation of the same.

Overseeing programmes in the 'Horn of Africa'

Overseeing programmes in the ‘Horn of Africa’

Despite assuring shortly before his election as president of the CAF that “I will review these contracts and, if necessary, I will annul them”, Ahmad’s actions have always gone in the opposite direction to his words, tightening even more ties with Lagardère and his General Director in Africa, Idriss Akki, with whom he has just performed the Umra (pilgrimage to Mecca), on a trip whose expenses, it is suspected, have been carried out by the entity chaired by the Malagasy leader.

Meanwhile, the issue of retransmission rights for African competitions remains unresolved at the start of a new edition of the African Cup, with the consequent economic damage for the participating countries (24 for the first time), especially Egypt.

-Reported by ‘Marca’

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