Confederation of Africa Football president Ahmad Ahmad has tested positive for Covid-19, the African football governing body revealed in a statement on Friday.
Ahmad reported mild flu like symptoms after arriving in Cairo on Wednesday and tests showed he had contracted Covid-19.
He is in self-isolation in his Cairo hotel room and will quarantine for at least 14 days, while everyone he came into contact with over the last week especially during his trip to Morocco for the Confederation Cup – has been informed and requested to take the necessary measures, CAF added.
Covid-19 has already wreaked havoc on CAF plans forcing the body to indefinitely postpone the final and semifinal second leg of the Champions League after a host of Raja Casablanca players tested positive.
Meanwhile, Ahmad is reportedly facing a FIFA ban after being found guilty of breaching various codes of ethics, according to BBC Sport Africa.
Ahmad, on Wednesday, announced his intention to stand for a second term in office when CAF elections take place next March.
This could now be in jeopardy after the investigatory chamber of football’s world governing body determined that he has breached various codes of conduct.
FIFA’s ethics committee reportedly found that Mr Ahmad ran afoul of the body’s code of ethics over his involvement in the controversial deal involving Tactical Steel.
Tactical Steel is a little-known French gym manufacturer, run by an old friend of Ahmad’s then attaché Loic Gerand, which provided sportswear equipment to CAF in 2017 after an original deal with Puma was cancelled.
The deal with Puma, which was slightly smaller, was worth just under $250,000 while the alternative deal with Tactical Steel – for 22,000 items instead of 15,000 – came to just over $1m.