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CAF Cancels general assembly in Addis Ababa

CAF President banned for five years

The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has cancelled the 42nd ordinary general assembly which was scheduled to take place on December 11, 2020, in Addis Ababa. Following the recommendation of the medical committee, the CAF Emergency Committee decided that next month’s session will be held via video conference.

The meeting, initially scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa, will now be directed from the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. According to CAF’s statement, the decision was taken based on an analysis of the figures regarding the evolution of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Africa, with the trends heralding the start of a second wave in various parts of the continent.

The Committee pointed out that they should not lower their guards against the pandemic and stated that it made the decision to comply with health precautionary measures that would protect the health of all stakeholders as much as possible.

In other news, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad has been banned for five years by FIFA, the world football governing body, for breaching various Codes of Ethics.

In its decision, following an extensive hearing, the adjudicatory chamber ruled based on the information gathered by the investigatory chamber that president Ahmad had breached his duty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF President, FIFA stated.

Furthermore, FIFA indicated that in accordance with art.78 par. 2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the full decision will be notified to CAF President in the next 60 days.

Ahmad’s legal team said they will be appealing the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as they believe the “decision was not rendered in a fair and impartial manner,” African football news reported.