South African mining magnate Patrice Motsepe is set to win unopposed and succeed Ahmad, who was elected as CAF president four years ago with support from FIFA.
Motsepe’s three expected challengers withdrew in recent days as part of a deal brokered by FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
FIFA and Infantino are looking for stability and support from CAF, which was in turmoil for much of Ahmad’s first term in office.
Ahmad was banned in November when FIFA ethics judges found he “breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds, and abused his position as the CAF president.”
The basis for the FIFA investigation was a forensic audit it requested of CAF’s accounts. In 2019, FIFA sent in secretary general Fatma Samoura to lead an emergency management team for the Cairo-based organization.
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