By Boris Esono N
Football Writer kick442.com Cameroon
The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in a ruling has reinstated Ahmad Ahmad as president of the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
The Malagasy were banned last November 2020 from all football-related activities for five years by FIFA after he was found to have breached several of the FIFA code of ethics.
This decision from CAS follows an appeal launched by the incumbent President. He is hoping that the final decision will be in his favour as the election for the CAF presidency is due March 12.
“Due in particular to a risk of irreparable damage to Mr Ahmad, if the disciplinary sanctions are maintained during this period preceding the CAF elections, the CAS panel accepted the request to temporarily suspend the effects of the decision of the CAF judging chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee until the final sentence is pronounced,” a released from CAS stated.
The full hearing of Ahmad Ahmad’s case has been set for March 2, with the decision expected to be made known before the Presidential election. This decision will either uphold the ban placed on the CAF president, reduced or clearing him of any wrongdoing which will allow him to run for a second mandate.
Ahmad Ahmad is still ineligible to contest CAF’s presidential election in March, however, since the CAS decision came after both the African Football body’s Governance Committee and FIFA’s Review Committee met this week to discuss the eligibility of candidates, BBC Sports Africa reported.
“On the other hand, the Arbitration Panel rejected Mr Ahmad’s request for provisional measures aimed at prohibiting FIFA from taking any decision having the consequence of preventing Mr Ahmad or making it more difficult for him to stand for reelection to the Presidency of CAF scheduled for March 12, 2021,” CAS added.
At present South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe, owner of Mamelodi Sundowns, Mauritania FA President Ahmed Yahya Senegal FA President Augustin Senghor, and Ivory Coast’s Jacques Anouma have all been cleared to run for the upcoming presidential election.
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