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CAF startled by corruption allegations, whistleblower secretary fired

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CAF President Ahmad Ahmad entangled in corruption charges

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) fired its secretary after committing corruption allegations against President Ahmad Ahmad.

General Secretary Amr Fahmy was fired after the Egyptian accused his boss of bribes and abuse of hundreds of thousands of dollars, officials and an internal document said.

The document, sent by Fahmy on March 31 to a FIFA agency investigating suspected ethical violations, accuses Ahmad of ordering his Secretary General to pay $ 20,000 in bribes on accounts of African football association presidents.

They include Cape Verde and Tanzania.

The document accused Ahmad of costing CAF an additional $ 830,000 by ordering equipment through a French intermediary called Tactical Steel.

Moreover, it accuses him of harassing four female CAF employees, who did not mention it; Violating statutes to increase Moroccan representation in the organization; and spend more than $ 400,000 in CAF money on cars in Egypt and Madagascar, where a satellite office has been set up for him.

According to Reuters, Senior CAF officials said, on condition of anonymity, that Fahmy was fired after compiling the document of the charges against Ahmad, from Madagascar, who took the best African football post two years ago.

CAF confirmed to Reuters that Fahmy lost his job at a meeting of the management committee in Cairo on Thursday, prior to the draw for the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

It refused to provide more information about the reason for his dismissal. "There is no explanation. It is the decision of the Executive Committee," said communications director Nathalie Rabe in an email exchange with Reuters on Sunday.

Ahmad, who is also a vice-president of the FIFA world administration, did not respond to requests for comment on the charges against him.

Requests for comments to the presidents and authorities of Cape Verde and Tanzania, and to Tactical Steel in France, were also not answered immediately.

Fahmy was replaced by Mouad Hajji from Morocco.

The accusations against Ahmad have followed in recent years a series of scandals related to FIFA practices in Latin America and Asia, which have led to the indictment and detention of a large number of senior football managers.

The corruption scandals broke in 2015 for the first time.

The CAF case may be problematic for FIFA President Gianni Infantino – who will be re-elected unimpeded for a four-year term in June – because Ahmad is one of his deputies.

Ahmad, 59, served as Fisheries Minister in Madagascar and in the country's senate for a rapid advance to the CAF presidency. His prosecutor Fahmy, 35, was appointed Secretary General at the end of 2017 and kept a family tradition that spans three generations.

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