The Fifa Ethics Commission suspended the current president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for five years and fined him 185,000 euros, especially for embezzlement.
After 30 years of the Ayatouean presidency of the African Football Confederation, Ahmad was elected by the Madagascar to everyone’s surprise in March 2017, to revolutionize the football world on the African continent.
Almost four years later, candidate for his own inheritance, the current president of the African sworn union Ahmad has just been suspended for five years by Fifa’s ethics commission, which fined him 185,000 euros. Ahmad had also been taken into police custody on suspicion of corruption in June 2019 in Paris. According to FIFA’s press release: “The decision was announced to Ahmad today (November 23, 2020) when the ban came into force.”
“Ahmad had failed in his duty of loyalty”
Born on 30 December 1959 in Madagascar, this former politician, who was the Secretary of State for Sport and Fisheries in Madagascar, is “guilty of violating Articles 15 (Duty of Loyalty), 20 (Acceptance and distribution of gifts or other benefits) and 25 (abuse of power) of the 2020 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, as well as Article 28 (embezzlement) in its 2018 edition ”.
“The investigation into Ahmad’s conduct as CAF President between 2017 and 2019 focused on various issues related to CAF governance, including the organization and financing of a pilgrimage to Mecca (Oumra), his connections with the sports equipment company Tactical Steel and other activities,” the press release said. Fifa.
“In its decision, which followed a lengthy hearing, the Ethics Committee of the Ethics Commission determined, on the basis of information gathered by the House of Inquiry, that Ahmad had failed in his duty of loyalty, granted gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his office as President of CAF ”, we can also read.
Weakened by several controversies and control problems
In the summer of 2019, Ahmad asked for Fifa’s help to monitor his organization, weakened by several controversies and control problems. Fifa number two, Fatma Samoura, had primarily carried out a six-month mandate, but this one, which aimed to speed up the reform process within the agency, had not been renewed in early February 2020.
In addition, in April 2019, CAF Secretary General, Amr Fahmy, then deceased, had sent a letter to Fifa there he accused Ahmad of corruption -payment of bribes to several managers, personal use of CAF funds and sexual harassment against several employees of the Association.
Tested positive for Covid-19 in late October, then in hospital, Ahmad is currently undergoing a 20-day recovery period during which he left his post. The first Vice President, Constant Omari, will currently serve as Head of CAF’s CEO until 30 November 2020.
Regarding the upcoming CAF presidential election the Senegalese Augustin Senghor, Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya, Ivorian Jacques Anouma and South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe have declared their candidacy. The election will take place on March 12, 2021 in Morocco.