The president of the CAF has been sanctioned by FIFA for corruption.
Nigeria online news reports that the president of the African Football Confederation (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, has been suspended by FIFA for five years for corruption, the world governing body announced on Monday 23 November.
The decision-making body of the independent FIFA Ethics Committee has suspended the head of African football Ahmad Ahmad for five years.
Ahmad was sanctioned after being found guilty of violating art. 15 (Duty of loyalty), art. 20 (Offering and acceptance of gifts or other benefits) and art. 25 (Abuse of office) of the 2020 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, as well as art. 28 (Embezzlement) of the 2018 edition.
The investigation into the conduct of Mr. Ahmad in his position as CAF president during the period from 2017 to 2019 includes various governance issues related to the CAF, the financing of a pilgrimage from Umrah to Mecca, his participation in the CAF’s relationships with the sports equipment company Tactical Steel and other occupations.
The FIFA statement reads in part:
“After an extensive hearing, the sentencing chamber ruled that, based on information gathered by the investigation chamber, Mr. Ahmad had breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds, and abused his position as President of the CAF, in accordance with the FIFA Code of Ethics.
“Consequently, the court found that Mr. Ahmad had violated articles 15, 20 and 25 of the current edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, as well as art. 28 of the 2018 edition, and sanctioned it with the prohibition of all activities related to football (administrative, sports or any other) both nationally and internationally for five years. In addition, Mr. Ahmad was fined 200,000 Swiss francs.
“The terms of the decision were notified to Mr. Ahmad today, the date the ban takes effect. In accordance with art. 78 par. 2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the full and reasoned decision will be notified to Mr. Ahmad within the next 60 days, after which it will be published on legal.fifa.com ”.
Ahmad has been president of the African Football Confederation since March 2017 and is running for re-election as president of the CAF.