By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
There is hardly a day without news from the African football governing body (CAF), lately. In recent times, such news has not been one to glorify the African football powerhouse. The latest is the resignation of Secretary General Mouad Hajji from the under-fire Confederation of African Football.
Mr Mouad Hajji threw in the towel on Monday. The Moroccan has occupied the position for less than a year, he was appointed in April 2019.
The resignation of the Secretary General comes at a time when CAF is feeling the heat as FIFA continues to turn the screw to unfold its huge financial misappropriations, as reported by a recent audit commissioned by FIFA.
“I would like to warmly thank President Ahmad Ahmad for giving me the opportunity to serve the football of our continent at such a high level,” a statement from Hajji reads.
The Moroccan’s resignation is for “personal reasons” and he has expressed the desire “to return to Morocco as soon as possible,” his statement added.
CAF’s President Ahmad Ahmad accepted Hajji’s resignation and will need to convene and urgent committee meeting in order to get an Acting Secretary General.
“I have no doubt that the President will continue to work for the good development of the most beautiful sports possible,” Hajji added.
CAF have released a statement of their own, in which President Ahmad Ahmad salutes “a committed (and) loyal” colleague – and has accepted his resignation and departure from his position though his contract stipulates a longer notice for this to be possible.
CAF which has been under heavy scrutiny after the publication of an audit report from Pricewaterhouse Copper will now be looking for a third Secretary General in less than year.
The audit reports reveals huge financial irregularities and found CAF’s accounting “unreliable and untrustworthy” and also stated that CAF was “understaffed”, it’s workforce “overworked” and “demotivated”.
Egypt’s Amr Fahmy drew FIFA’s attention to the financial irregularities at CAF but he was sacked shortly after complaining and replaced by Mouad Hajji, a dentist by profession, eleven months ago.
Fahmy unfortunately passed away last month after battling with cancer for two years.
CAF did not give any official reason for Fahmy’s dismissal but his complains to FIFA prompted the opening to an investigation into CAF’s financial transactions.
The investigation has led to some hints on why the Egyptian was shown the door to make way for Mouad Hajji who has now chosen to vacate the position.
CAF has consistently denied any wrong doing despite the telling revelations from the Pricewaterhouse Copper audit showing that CAF was in complete disarray, questioning the body’s accounting, governance and payments.
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