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Why CAF Kicked Secretary General, Fahmy

African football governing body the Confederation of African Football (CAF), has sacked its Secretary general, Amr Fahmy for accusing CAF president, Ahmad Ahmad to have been involved in corruption and misuse of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The development is a potential blow to world football governing body FIFA’s efforts to clean up the game after a raft of worldwide scandals that had rocked the association in recent past.
Following the release by Reuters of a document sent to FIFA by Fahmy on March 31, in which he accused Ahmad of ordering his secretary-general to pay 20,000 dollars (about N7 million or 15,256 pounds) bribes into accounts of African football association (FA) presidents.
According to NAN, they included FA presidents of Cape Verde and Tanzania.
The document also accused Ahmad of costing CAF an extra 830,000 dollars (about N298.8 million) by ordering equipment via a French intermediary company called Tactical Steel.
Furthermore, it accuses him of harassing four female CAF staff, whom it did not name, and violating statutes to increase Moroccan representation within the organization.
The CAF President was also accused of over-spending more than 400,000 dollars (about N140 million) of CAF money on cars in Egypt and Madagascar, where a satellite office has been set up for him.
Senior CAF officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Fahmy was fired after compiling the document with the allegations against Ahmad who took the topmost African football post two years ago.
CAF confirmed to Reuters that Fahmy lost his job at an executive committee meeting in Cairo on Thursday, prior to the draw for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.
It, however, declined to give more details about the reason for his dismissal.
“There’s no explanation. It’s the Executive Committee decision,” communications director Nathalie Rabe said in an email exchange with Reuters on Sunday.
Ahmad, who is also a vice-president of world governing body FIFA did not respond to requests for comment on the allegations against him.
Requests for comment to the football presidents and authorities of Cape Verde and Tanzania, and to Tactical Steel in France, were also not immediately answered.
Fahmy was replaced by Mouad Hajji, from Morocco.


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