Rabat – The ethical committee of football’s international governing body, FIFA, has opened an inquiry into the leadership of Ahmad Ahmad, the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The decision comes managing CAF’s former secretary filed a complaint accusing the president, Ahmad Ahmad, of corruption and sexual harassment.
Spanish sports outlet Marca reported on yesterday that after weeks of hold-up on the case for lack of a strong basis for opening a criminal inquiry, FIFA is finally proceeding to investigating Ahmad Ahmad’s tenure as CAF president.
March 31 was the departure point of the case, with CAF former secretary general, the Egyptian Amr Fahmy, lodging a complaint with FIFA’s ethical committee. In the complaint, Fahmy pointed at Ahmad’s mismanagement of CAF funds as well as sexual misbehavior with four unnamed female colleagues.
More specifically, Fahmy’s letter to FIFA accused Ahmad of ordering the transfer of $20,000 to the accounts of a number of African football federations’ presidents. The letter noted that the transfer was part of a bribe to a number of countries, including Cape Verde and Tanzania. But the letter did not provide specifics about what the motive of the bribes.
The complaint also recounted how Ahmad disbursed a whopping $830,000 from CAF funds to spend on what Fahmy deemed unnecessary equipments purchased from French manufacturer Tactical Steel.
To make matters worse, according to Fahmy, Ahmad had a habit of financing his lavish lifestyle with CAF money. The Egyptian cited Ahmad’s huge collection of cars, explaining that the CAF president spent over $400,000 on cars in Egypt and his country, Madagascar. Ahmad is also said to have a personal first-rate office in Madagascar which also operates off CAF’ coffers.
CAF’s executive board sacked Fahmy following his allegations, with Ahmad categorically denying the accusations.
The news comes just a few weeks ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN), the continent’s most popular footballing tournament.
This year’s CAN, to be played between June 21 and July 19 in Egypt, will be the first to feature 24 teams, up from 16 in earlier editions.