By Niyi Busari
Confederation of African Football (Caf) president, Ahmad Ahmad, has announced his intention to contest for the 2021 CAF Presidential election.
He decided about running for a second term in office on Thursday (yesterday) after the CAF Executive Committee meeting via Video Conference.
Caf’s next presidential elections are scheduled to take place in March 12th 2021, four year after the Malagasy stunningly dethroned long-standing ruler Issa Hayatou.
The former Madagascar FA head announced his 2017 candidacy four months before the elections, and just a week before their deadline, saying he decided to run after hearing some federation presidents call for change.
Since coronavirus spread across the world, Caf – like many sporting organisations – has been facing a logistical nightmare working out when it can stage forcibly-postponed tournaments, such as the next Africa Cup of Nations, the Championship of African Nations (CHAN), the CAF Awards to mention few.
Ahmad is the subject of a Fifa ethics investigation after his former Secretary General Amr Fahmy made various allegations to football’s world governing body against the Malagasy – all of which he denies.
French anti-corruption authorities have also been interested by one of the allegations, which centres on a controversial deal with Tactical Steel, a little-known French gym manufacturer run by an old friend of Ahmad’s then attaché, which provided sportswear equipment to Caf in 2017 after an original deal with Puma – slightly smaller, but costing four times less – was cancelled.
No other candidate has publicly shown interest in running for the CAF Presidential position.