The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad has been banned for five (5) years by Federation International Football Association (FIFA) for engaging in corruption.
The announcement was made by FIFA on Monday, November 23, 2020 during the Madagascan official’s campaign to be re-elected for four more years as the head of African soccer.
FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee banned Ahmad for breaches of duty of loyalty, offering and accepting gifts or other benefits, abuse of position, and misappropriation of funds.
According to the statement released by FIFA, Ahmad whose first four-year term was clouded with allegations of financial wrongdoing and misconduct at the Confederation of African Football headquarters in Cairo, was fined 200,000 Swiss francs ($220,000).
He was also allegedly detained by French authorities in Paris on the eve of the Women’s World Cup for questioning about a CAF equipment deal with a company that appeared to have little connection with soccer.
However, the election of the new CAF president has already been scheduled for March 12, 2021 in Rabat, Morocco and CAF is yet to respond to the news.
Fasnews gathered that Ahmad had a 100 percent support by FIFA leaders in Zurich when he was elected in 2017 as CAF president, ousting FIFA senior vice president Issa Hayatou after twenty nine (29) years.
Ahmad has been president of the Confederation of African Football since March 2017 and was standing for re-election before the ban.