Ahmad Ahmad is set to lose his role as President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after its Governance Committee declared him ineligible to stand in this year’s election.
Two of the five candidates have been approved to appear on the ballot, while additional checks are required on the other two.
A CAF statement described Ahmad as the ‘outgoing President’, and the declaration of ineligibility comes a little more than a month after Ahmad was given a five-year ban for financial misconduct by the FIFA Ethics Committee.
While Ahmad has been ruled out of the race, Augustin Senghor, President of the Senegalese Football Federation (SFF), and Jacques Anouma, former President of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) and ex-member of the FIFA Executive Committee, have been confirmed as eligible candidates for the top job.
South African billionaire and mining magnate, Patrice Motsepe and Ahmed Yahya, President of the Mauritanian Football Federation are also still in the running to replace Ahmad.
But CAF said additional checks were required before confirming whether Motsepe and Yahya were fit to contest in the election, scheduled to be held on March 12 in Rabat in Morocco.
The organisation’s Governance Committee, led by Michael Brizoua-Bi, met in Egyptian capital Cairo on January 5 and 6 to run the rule over the five submissions for CAF President.
Eligibility checks were also made on the 16 candidates running to become members of the CAF Executive Committee.
Ahmad became CAF President in 2017, but his spell in charge was clouded by allegations of financial wrongdoing and other ethics breaches, leading to an investigation by FIFA. (Guardian)