Ahmad faces suspension over alleged violation of CAF’s statutes

February 11th, 2019

Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad is facing a threat to his reign after being accused of violating the statutes of African football’s ruling body.

Executive Committee (ExCo) member, Musa Bility called for an urgent ExCo meeting on Friday.

He wants Ahmad’s decisions to redistribute the 2021, 2023 and 2025 Africa Cup of Nations and sign a commercial deal without ExCo approval to be assessed.

“It is my fervent hope that you will (agree) to investigate these matters of gross statutory and financial procedural violations by the President for appropriate actions,” said Bility.

“I defer to you to take the appropriate actions to save the increasing decline of our statutory governance system by exerting your authorities given you by the Caf Statutes,” the Liberian wrote in a letter to his fellow ExCo members on 8 February.

CAF’s statutes rule that only eight of the ExCo’s 23 members need to be present for such a meeting to go ahead.

Should the Exco find Ahmad guilty of breaching Caf statutes, which state that moving any Nations Cup requires the approval of the ExCo, the former Madagascar FA president could be suspended from his role and, ultimately, expelled.

Bility maintains that the Malagasy violated CAF statutes when choosing to reassign hosting rights for three Nations Cups without Exco approval.

Shortly after Cameroon was stripped of hosting the 2019 edition in November because of slow preparations, Ahmad offered the same country the chance to stage the 2021 finals – which Ivory Coast had been set to stage.

The CAF President revealed the offer on 3 December, prompting Ivory Coast to launch a legal challenge with the Court of Arbitration for Sport just days later before Caf itself issued a statement to say that no decision had been made with regard to changing the 2021 hosts.

“We confirm no decision was taken by the executive committee,” the African body stated on 17 December.

Cameroon eventually accepted to host the 2021 finals, with Ivory Coast then agreeing to stage the 2023 edition (instead of 2021) and Guinea also choosing to stage two years later (2025 instead of 2021.

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