CAF whistleblower fired after accusing president Ahmad of corruption

An Egyptian football official has been fired from his post as Secretary General of continental football governing body CAF after he made corruption accusations against the organizations president.

Amar Fahmy, 35, has accused CAF President Ahmad Ahmad of corruption and sexual misconduct according to a document sent to world governing body FIFA in which Ahmad also serves as a Vice President.

Misappropriate

The document, sent on March 31, sees Fahmy accuse Ahmad of ordering him as Sec-Gen to pay USD 20,000 (Kshs 2m) in bribes to the accounts of the Tanzanian and Cape Verdean FA presidents, misappropriating the organization’s funds by overspending more than USD 400,000 (Kshs 40.4m) on top of the range cars as well as costing CAF an extra USD 830,000 (Kshs 83.9m) on equipment ordered through Tactical Steel, a French intermediary company.

Ahmad, 59, is also said to have harassed four female CAF employees who have not been mentioned in the document.

CAF is yet to comment on the allegations but they have gone on to replace Fahmy with Moroccan Mouad Hajji.

Ahmad, a Malagasy national, was voted in as CAF president in 2017, ending Cameroonian Issa Hayatou’s 29 year tenure.

Numerous cases

The latest corruption allegations add onto numerous other allegations against continental governing football bodies as well as FIFA.

In 2015, investigations led by the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) led to the prosecutions of 14 individuals as well as the ousting of long serving FIFA president Sepp Blatter.