By Nji Nelson Chefor
Sports Writer, kick442.com Cameroon.
Ahmad Ahmad has secured a major success in his reign as the President of the Confederation of African Football as the Egyptian government finally signed the ‘Hosting Agreement’ to grant CAF a diplomatic status.
The treaty was signed Wednesday February 12, 2020 in Cairo. CAF’s president Ahmad Ahmad signed on behalf of the football body while the Egyptian sports minister Dr Ahsraff Sobhy signed for his country. The signing ceremony was equally witnessed by the Prime Minister of Egypt Mustapha Madbouly.
The hosting agreement gives CAF official status, with diplomatic rights, of an international sports organisation functioning in the country.
It equally ensures that CAF will be immune from taxes paid by foreign companies in the country while some aspects of the Egyptian law would not be applicable to CAF or its staff.
Since 2017, CAF has been without the ‘Hosting Agreement’ which threatened the status of the staff from other African countries working for the body.
The signing of this agreement will therefore pave the way for Ahmad to fulfill his promise to Africanise CAF and ensure that the body truly represents the continent’s diversity as the continental organisation was overwhelmingly dominated by Egyptians.
On the part of the Egyptian government, the signing of the agreement lays to rest claims that the football body was planning to relocate it’s headquarters to another country.
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