The Ethics Commission of the international Football governing body FIFA has suspended Ahmad Ahmad the president of the African Football Confederation (CAF) for five years and imposed a fine of 185,000 euros on him, in particular for embezzlement.
In March 2017, Ahmad the Malagasy was elected to head the African Football Confederation- he was expected to revolutionize the world of football on the African continent.
Almost four years later, candidate for his own succession, the current president of the African Confederation Ahmad has just been suspended for five years by the Fifa Ethics Commission which imposed on him a fine of 185,000 euros.
Ahmad was also taken into custody on suspicion of corruption in June 2019 in Paris. According to the FIFA statement: “The decision was notified to Mr. Ahmad today (23 November 2020), when the ban went into effect.”
“Mr. Ahmad had failed in his duty of loyalty”
Born on December 30, 1959 in Madagascar, this former politician, who was Secretary of State for Sport and Minister of Fisheries in Madagascar, is “guilty of having violated Articles 15 (Duty of loyalty), 20 (Acceptance and distribution of gifts or other benefits) and 25 (Abuse of power) of the 2020 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, as well as art. 28 (Misappropriation of funds) of its 2018 edition ”.
“The investigation into the behavior of Mr. Ahmad as president of CAF between 2017 and 2019 focused on various issues related to the governance of CAF, including the organization and funding of a pilgrimage to Mecca ( Oumra), his connections with the sports equipment company Tactical Steel and other activities, ”said the press release from Fifa.
“In its decision, which followed a long hearing, the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Commission established, on the basis of information gathered by the investigating chamber, that Mr. Ahmad had failed in his duty to loyalty, granted gifts and other advantages, managed funds inappropriately and abused his function as president of CAF ”, we can also read.
Weakened by several controversies and governance problems
In the summer of 2019, Ahmad asked for the help of Fifa to supervise his organization, weakened by several controversies and governance problems.
The number two of Fifa, Fatma Samoura, had notably carried out a mandate of six months but this one, which aimed to accelerate the process of reforms within the body, had not been renewed at the beginning of February 2020.