CAF Boss banned by FIFA for five years on corruption allegations

CAF Boss banned by FIFA for five years on corruption allegations

World Football governing body, FIFA, has banned Confederation of African Football President Ahmad Ahmad for five years.

Ahmad Ahmad is accused of corruption, abuse of office, and gross violation of official duties.

In a statement, the World governing body that Ahmad had “breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF President”.

The 60-year old has also been fined 200,000 Swiss francs ($220,000) by Fifa for the misdeeds, which related to “the organisation and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca” and his involvement in Caf’s dealings with a sports equipment company.

Ahmad has been president of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) since March 2017 and was standing for re-election in 2021 when Fifa banned him.

In April 2019, he was accused of a series of offences by former Caf official Amr Fahmy, who informed Fifa in a letter that Ahmad had paid bribes to directors, made personal use of Caf funds and sexually harassed a number of employees.

Two months later he was arrested in Paris while at the Fifa Congress ahead of that year’s women’s World Cup as part of a probe into corruption, but was released a day later without charge.