The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmed, has been reportedly arrested, on Thursday, June 6, on financial and tax fraud allegations. The 59-year-old was said to have been taken into custody by the authorities at his Berri Hotel room in Paris where he is currently attending FIFA congress.
Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick will now take over as the acting president until investigations are concluded. It will be recalled that FIFA president Gianni Infantino was re-elected into office for the next four years. According to Jeune Afrique, the former Madagascan football chief will be made to appear in front of the Central Office in the fight against corruption and financial and fiscal offences (OCLIF). Meanwhile, his arrest was linked with the contract single-handedly broken by CAF with German sportswear giants Puma to engage with the company Technical Steel, based in La Seyne-sur-Mer. His arrest also comes on the back of CAF’s decision to replay the CAF Champions League final, which will be replayed after the Africa Cup of Nations. Newswatch.ng reported that in a shocking development, the second leg tie of the African Champions League final match is set to be replayed after the original fixture was abandoned and the match awarded to Tunisian side Esperance. The match had to be awarded to Esperance after Wydad Casablanca from Morocco, had left the pitch following a disputed decision during the champions league final, as the VAR system was not in operation. The Executive Committee of Confederation of African Football (CAF), meeting in Paris on the fringes of the FIFA congress, decided on Wednesday to re-stage the champions league match at a neutral ground.
Source: News Watch