FIFA Slams Ahmad Ahmad A 5-year Suspension

The President of the Confederation of African Football, CAF and FIFA’s First Vice President, Malagasy born Ahmad Ahmad has been suspended for a period of five years from the CAF top job.

The Adjudicatory Chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee finds Ahmad Ahmad guilty of grossly breaching Articles 15, 20, 25 as well as 28 of the 2018 edition.

He breached the code of ethics of the chamber in the following aspects;

# Article 15 (Duty of loyalty)
# Article 20 (Offering and accepting gifts or other benefits)
# 25 (Abuse of position of the 2020 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics
# Article 28 (Misappropriation of funds) of the 2018 edition.

Investigations into Ahmad Ahmad’s conduct opened from 2017 to 2019 to unviel various CAF-related governance issues, including the organisation and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca, his involvement in CAF’s dealings with a little known French sports equipment company, Tactical Steel amongst many other issues

From extensive hearings and investigatory acts, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that, Ahmad Ahmad breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF President, pursuant to the FIFA Code of Ethics.

Consequently, the Adjudicatory Chambers sanctions him with a ban from all football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level for five years.

In addition, a fine 200,000 Franc Suisse (CHF) an estimate of FCFA 121.586.721 has been imposed on Ahmad Ahmad

The terms of the decision have been filed to Ahmad Ahmad and in accordance with Article 78 paragraph 2 of the FIFA codes of Ethics the full decision will be notified to Ahmad Ahmad in the next 60 days, after which it will be published

Ahmad Ahmad defeated long time serving President of CAF, Cameroonian born, Issa Hayatou 34 votes to 20 to win the CAF presidency in 2016.

The Malagasy man recently declared his intentions for a re-run for another four year mandate against candidates from South Africa, Cote D’Ivoire and Mauritania

Benly Anchunda

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