Following his reinstatement as Confederation of African (CAF) president on an interim basis, Ahmad Ahmad has said that his main goal is to allow ‘football to triumph’.
The Magalasy administrator was banned for five years and handed a $200,000 fine by FIFA in November 2020 as he was found guilty of breach of several codes of ethics.
He was accused of disloyalty, offering and accepting gifts, abuse of office and misappropriation of CAF funds.
However, the 61-year-old has continued to deny the allegations and appealed the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which ruled in his favour.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport made the preliminary ruling on Friday, January 29, and restored Ahmad back to his post, as he is waiting for a final decision on March 2nd.
“I warmly thank Constant Omari for having assumed the presidency in recent weeks,” Ahmad Ahmad was quoted by CAF official website.
“In particular, he brilliantly implemented the organization of Total CHAN 2020, Cameroon. I will bring this magnificent competition to a close, and allow football, as always, to triumph,” he added.
However, Ahmad will be unable to participate in the forthcoming CAF Presidential elections on March 12, as CAS rejected his request to prevent FIFA from disallowing him from running in the elections.
Jacques Anouma from Ivory Coast, South African Patrice Motsepe, Senegalese Augustin Senghor and Ahmed Yahya from Mauritania remain the four candidates that have been cleared to contest for CAF Presidency.
Ahmad Ahmad assumed the CAF president’s office in 2017 after defeating incumbent Issa Hayatou in the elections that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.