CAF Burns as Ahmad Ahmad is Indicted on Criminal Allegations

With all things looking rosy for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on face value, there seems to be trouble brewing in the CAF Executive Committee.

On February 1, 2019, CAF Executive Committee member and President of CHAN, Hassan Bility threw in the hat at CAF by resigning his positions based on discrepancies he has noticed in the running of affairs concerning African football.

The Liberian dropped a series of allegations against CAF President Ahmad Ahmad in his resignation letter to the CAF Executive Committee ranging from the authoritarian rule of the first time president, to an alleged misappropriation of funds meant for a member country, the divisive nature of his tenure and the decision on the award of the 2021 AFCON.

Bility stated in his letter that he had been marginalised from making decisions with critical concern in his office going to the extent of the President presiding over a CHAN committee meeting which Bility is the president of. 

“I would have thought that the President will expect that I will never take such disrespectful attitude from anyone. But obviously, this is how the President has been running the affairs of CAF in every aspect since he took over the mantle of leadership. As he loudly proclaimed in our last meeting that ‘I am the President of CAF, I am the President of every committee’.”

In another issue regarding the use of funds and the president’s relationship with members of the CAF Executive Committee, the Liberian awardee explained how some funds might have been misused when it was originally meant for his Association. 

“Very sadly, the President’s approach to issues concerning his colleagues is rather sad and divisive. A case in point has to do with a $200,000 that was wired by CAF to an unknown account in Europe. This money was designated for the Liberian FA while I was serving as its President. But interestingly CAF sent it to the account of a firm in Poland that deals in artifacts. CAF claims it received the instruction from the Liberian FA to send the funds to this firm. Of course, this is false and misleading.”

In a tweet by ace journalist Osasu Obayiuwana, the leaked letters clearly indicate that there is more to the eye meets in CAF.

All this comes after former long-serving president Issa Hayatou was indicted on criminal charges relating to what Hassan Bility exposed in his letter.