World football governing body, FIFA has handed CAF President Ahmad Ahmad a five-year ban from all football-related activities.
Ahmad was accused of violating various codes of ethics set by FIFA.
The ban, which is effective immediately, also came with a fine of 200,000 Swiss Franc.
The Malagasy, 60, who has taken a leave of absence from CAF’s top seat following his positive COVID-19 result, was accused of breaching several FIFA rules. He was alleged to have misappropriated funds and received gifts that were tantamount to an abuse of office.
“The investigation into Mr Ahmad’s conduct … from 2017 to 2019 concerned various CAF-related governance issues, including the organisation and financing of ah Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca, his involvement in CAF’s dealing with the sports equipment company Tactical Steel and other activities,” a FIFA statement read.
Ahmad last month declared his intention to run again for the CAF Presidency, a desire which is now in doubt.
Elections into positions at the African football governing body will come up in March, 2021. Ahmad, however will receive communications of a full verdict of FIFA’s decision in 60 days’ time and that may automatically rule him out of the race.
Ahmad, who doubles as FIFA Vice President has denied any wrongdoings and is expected to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).