President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad was finally granted a US entry visa after reports of him being denied surfaced.
The BBC reported on Thursday that a CAF spokesperson had confirmed that Ahmad was denied a visa to attend the FIFA council meeting taking place in Miami, Florida.
“I confirm the information. The (CAF) president will be in Cairo,” the spokesperson is quoted as saying. However, late on Thursday, a photo of Ahmad’s visa was released – reportedly by CAF.
CAF later released a statement on its official website claiming that the reports of visa denial are unfounded and false.
The statement read in part: “The Confederation of African Football wonders about the motive of the people who conveyed this false information, without bothering to check it. CAF informs the family of African football that at no time has a US entry visa been refused to President Ahmad Ahmad who, like the other members of the FIFA Council, is in possession of his visa issued by the Embassy of the United States in Egypt.”
The three-month visa is issued by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo with the issue date being March 14 and expires June 12.
Ahmad serves as vice-president of the FIFA council set to meet today and has missed the opening session of the two-day meeting after visa delays.