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CAF President Ahmad Ahmad allegedly involved in shady deals

Posted By : Michael Duah
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad allegedly involved in shady deals
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad allegedly involved in shady deals

The Confederation of African Football President Ahmad Ahmad is facing a threat to his reign after being accused of violating the statutes of African football's ruling body.

Executive Committee (ExCo) member Musa Bility called for an urgent ExCo meeting on Friday and wants Ahmad's decisions to redistribute 2021, 2023 and 2025 Africa Cup of Nations and sign a commercial deal without ExCo approval to be assessed.

"It is my fervent hope that you will (agree) to investigate these matters of gross statutory and financial procedural violations by the President for appropriate actions. I defer to you to take the appropriate actions to save the increasing decline of our statutory governance system by exerting your authorities given you by the CAF Statutes," the Liberian wrote in a letter to his fellow ExCo members on 8 February.

CAF's statutes rule that only eight of the ExCo's 23 members need to be present for such a meeting to go ahead.

Competitions

Ahmad's ability to re-order the competitions has not impressed Bility, who has also taken issue with the recently-announced partnership deal between CAF and betting company 1XBET.

"Again, contrary to Caf Statutes, the signing of such a major sponsorship deal with a huge financial and regulatory implication without the approval of the Caf Executive Committee is a serious violation," Bility wrote.

Last week, the former Liberian FA president resigned from two positions with CAF as he launched an initial attack on Ahmad's leadership.

Shortly after Cameroon was stripped of hosting the 2019 edition in November because of slow preparations, Ahmad offered the same country the chance to stage the 2021 finals - which Ivory Coast had been set to stage.

Legal Challenge

The CAF president revealed the offer on 3 December, prompting Ivory Coast to launch a legal challenge with the Court of Arbitration for Sport just days later before CAF itself issued a statement to say that no decision had been made with regard to changing the 2021 hosts.

Cameroon eventually accepted to host the 2021 finals, with Ivory Coast then agreeing to stage the 2023 edition (instead of 2021) and Guinea also choosing to stage two years later (2025 instead of 2021.

Should the ExCo find Ahmad guilty of breaching Caf statutes, which state that moving any Nations Cup requires the approval of the ExCo, the former Madagascar FA president could be suspended from his role and, ultimately, expelled.

Ahmad's term of office is set to expire in 2021.

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