CAF's Ahmad Ahmad still under investigation: Former secretary-general

Mahmoud Sheleib , Thursday 26 Mar 2020

Ahmad Ahmad
Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad delivers a speech during the 40th CAF ordinary general assembly on February 2, 2018 in the Moroccan city of Casablanca (Photo: AFP)

Former Confederation of African Football (CAF) secretary-general Mostafa Fahmy said the CAF President Ahmad Ahmad is still under investigation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after the African Champions League's final incidents. 

Ahmad was globally criticised due to the way he handled the crises during last season's CAF Champions League final between Tunisia's Esperance and Morocco's Wydad Casablanca.

Esperance were initially handed the title after Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca walked off an hour into the return match in Tunis because VAR was unavailable to judge a disallowed equaliser.

Champions League title holders Esperance were leading 1-0 in the second leg and 2-1 overall when the play was halted, and after a 90-minute delay the referee awarded the match to the home side.

Following several rounds of appeals and investigations Esperance were announced the champions.

"CAF president shouldn't go down to the pitch to resolve any crisis. In the World Cup there is a person responsible for any crisis that occurs and meets with a delegate from each team in a closed room to resolve these crises," Fahmy told ON Time Sports on Wednesday.

"The value and position of the president of the CAF should not be underestimated," he added.

The CAF former secretary-general for nearly 28 years revealed the means to handle similar situations: "They should have printed a paper before the game stating that the VAR won't be used during the game, and each team's leader sign the paper before delivering it to the referee.

"But what happened by informing the two teams verbally might make them say you are a liar, and this is what actually happened. The case is still under investigation in the Court of Arbitrations for Sports," Fahmy explained.

Ahmad was arrested at the Berri Hotel last June on charges of corruption and financial and fiscal offences, according to Jeune Afrique.

The Malagasy's arrest was linked to the contract unilaterally broken by CAF with German equipment manufacturer Puma, to engage with the company Technical Steel instead, based in La Seyne-sur-Mer, according to Jeune Afrique.

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