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Court ruling dramatically restores Ahmad as Caf president



Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad has been dramatically restored as Confederation of African Football (Caf) president following a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

Mr Ahmad was banned by Fifa in November for five years after football’s world governing body found him to have breached several of its ethics codes.

Mr Ahmad – who will now resume his role as a Fifa Vice-President – appealed his decision at Cas, which issued a preliminary ruling on Friday.

Mr Ahmad is still ineligible to contest Caf’s presidential elections in March, since the Cas decision came after both the Caf’s Governance Committee and Fifa’s Review Committee met earlier this week to discuss the eligibility of candidates.

Cas says it will hear Mr Ahmad’s appeal in full on March 2, with a decision issued before the Caf presidential elections on March 12.


This effective suspension of the Fifa ruling will be in place until the day that the final Cas award is issued.

Since he was banned when Fifa met on Tuesday and Caf on Thursday to vet presidential aspirants, Mr Ahmad was deemed ineligible to run.

He will now need to overturn the decisions ruling him ineligible to run since his appeal at Cas was not against the decision barring him from contesting the elections but against his Fifa ban.

Should Cas rule against him when its hearing takes place in early March, Mr Ahmad – who proclaimed the backing of over 46 federations, out of 54, shortly before his ban – will be ruled out of the race once and for all.

As of this week, four candidates were cleared to run for the Caf elections on March 12: Jacques Anouma (Ivory Coast), Patrice Motsepe (South Africa), Augustin Senghor (Senegal) and Ahmed Yahya (Mauritania).