Football governing body, FIFA, has placed a five-year ban on the Confederation of African Football’s boss, Ahmad Ahmad, from all football-related activity on grounds of corruption.
The ban would effectively jeopardize the re-election campaign by the Malagasy politician for a 2nd term as CAF boss.
The investigation into Ahmad’s conduct in his position as CAF President during the period from 2017 to 2019 concerned various CAF-related governance issues, including the organization and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca, his involvement in CAF’s dealings with the sports equipment company tactical Steel and other activities.
In its decision, following an extensive hearing, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that, based on information gathered by the investigatory chamber, Ahmad had 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 chamber found that Ahmad had breached Acts 15, 20 and 25 of the current edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, as well as art. 28 of the 2018 edition, and sanctioned 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 in the amount of CHF 200,000 has been imposed on Ahmad.