In November 2020, Ahmad Ahmad was slapped with a five-year ban by FIFA for breaching several codes of ethics.
However, the Malagasy instantly appealed his decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and following the ruling by the court on Friday evening, Ahmad is back in office as CAF President and automatically FIFA Vice President.
The Malagasy’s restoration as CAF President comes with just weeks until the presidential elections on March 12.
Despite showing interest to run for another term before the ban, Ahmad is still ineligible to contest given that earlier this week CAF’s Governance Committee and FIFA’s Review Committee met to discuss the eligibility of candidates.
With Patrice Motsepe, Ahmed Yahya, Augustin Senghor, and Jacques Anouma the confirmed candidates for March 12th elections.
CAS that passed the primarily ruling on Friday, will fully hear the 61-year old’s appeal on March 2 which’s exactly 10 days until the elections on March 12.
Should proceeding go his way, his five-year ban will be lifted and he will be eligible to run for Presidency hence becoming the fifth candidate since the four are already confirmed.
However, he will be completely out of the race and his ban maintained, should he be found ineligible.
This year’s elections will take place in Rabat, Morocco with the winner automatically becoming a FIFA Vice President for the next four years.