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46 National FA’s Backs CAF Boss Ahmad Second Term Service In Office

Current CAF President Ahmad Ahmad while in Addisbaba Ethiopia

CAF President Ahmad Ahmad has reportedly received backing from African Leaders in football to run for another term of office.

According to reports, 46 out of 54 Member Associations have called on the Madagascar football administrator to consider submitting his candidacy before the 12 November deadline.

Ahmad is yet to state whether he will throw his name into the hat for the race with elections billed for March 2021 in Rabat Morocco.

A letter has been sent to Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad from 46 of the 54 member associations requesting him to run for a second four-year term.

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Philip Chiyangwa, president of southern African football body COSAFA, confirmed to AFP that a letter supporting Ahmad had been delivered to the former Malagasy politician.

The presidency election is scheduled for Rabat next March and the 60-year-old has until November 12 to decide whether he will seek re-election.

A simple majority — 28 votes if each association participates — is required to win the election but no official has announced their candidacy.

Algeria, Botswana, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe were the eight nations not included in the letter of support.

CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad (Photo: file)

Ahmad scored a stunning victory three years ago over incumbent Issa Hayatou, a Cameroonian who had ruled African football for 29 years.

The letter praised Ahmad, but made no mention of various controversies surrounding him, including being probed by the FIFA ethics committee for alleged financial irregularities, which he denies.

At the request of Ahmad, FIFA sent secretary general Fatma Samoura to CAF headquarters in Cairo last year to assist for six months in the running of the organisation.

CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad along side Francis Amin (Photo: Kelly Abale)

It should be noted that CAF Chief Ahmad Ahmad visited the South Sudan Football Association on 14th November 2019 to ascertain the situation of the growth of football in the country, he was joined by the then CAF/FIFA administrator Fatma Samoura. The two dignitaries went on the visit to the South Sudan head of state and the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports. 

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