CAF extends mandate of interim president after Ahmad’s FIFA ban

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FIFA Council member Constant Omari Selemani (C) speaks with guests ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament final draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 1, 2017. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15, 2018 in 11 Russian cities. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: FIFA Council member Constant Omari Selemani (centre) speaks with guests during a past event. (Photo credit YURI KADOBNOV/AFP via Getty Images)

The mandate of interim CAF President Constant Selemani Omari was extended following the sanctioning of President Ahmad Ahmad by FIFA, Africa’s football governing body announced.

FIFA on Monday banned Ahmad Ahmad, who is also a FIFA vice president, for five years over financial misconduct and other ethics violations. In addition to the five-year ban, Ahmad was also fined $220,000.

“CAF and CAF President take note of this decision which puts Mr. Ahmad Ahmad in a position of no longer being able to exercise his responsibilities,” CAF said in a statement.

In accordance with its statutes, CAF announces that the current interim of Mr. Constant Selemani Omari as President of CAF is extended.”

Omari initially took over as interim leader of CAF after Ahmad contracted COVID-19 late last month.

CAF added that the schedule of all its activities and programs will run as previously outlined, including next month’s session of CAF Ordinary General Assembly.

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