Banned CAF president promises appeal against FIFA

The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, has been found to have violated various codes of ethics, as understood by BBC Sport Africa.

African football president Ahmad Ahmad, who was banned for five years for financial mismanagement by FIFA’s ethics committee, said he will appeal the ruling to the sport’s highest court.

Lawyers for Ahmad Ahmad, the former minister of the Madagascar government, announced on his Twitter account that he will challenge the ban when he receives the written grounds of an “incomprehensible and shocking decision” made by the committee. FIFA said on Monday that the document would be delivered within 60 days.

“This decision was not made in a fair and impartial manner,” Ahmad’s legal team wrote.

Ahmad also vowed to ask the Court of Arbitration for Sport to freeze the ban during its appeals process so that he could continue to campaign for re-election.

All 54 member countries of the African Football Confederation are scheduled to vote on March 12.

Before that, Ahmad and other potential candidates must pass an integrity and eligibility check overseen by officials appointed by FIFA.

FIFA’s ethics committee found that Ahmad had “breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as CAF president” since he was elected in 2017.

The charges were related to the organization and financing of the CAF of a pilgrimage from Umrah to Mecca with 16 federation presidents and a contract for the supply of equipment with a French company that had a small history in football.

The FIFA investigators relied on a forensic audit of CAF’s finances by an international accounting firm that also worked for the Cairo-based soccer body.

It was a conflict of interest, Ahmad’s lawyers said on Wednesday, adding that “he was denied the right to question some witnesses” at the FIFA ethics committee hearing.

Potential candidates for the CAF presidency include two current executive committee members, Augustin Senghor from Senegal and Ahmed Yaya from Mauritania, former FIFA executive committee member Jacques Anouma from Ivory Coast, and Patrice Motsepe, a billionaire businessman. and owner of a soccer club in South Africa.

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