World football governing body, FIFA have made the decision to carry out a forensic audit of the finances of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after allegations of corruption from the Executive Committee and President Ahmad Ahmad, who was arrested and questioned by French authorities, have been flying around.
Although, either CAF or FIFA have made any formal open announcements or press releases, the decision was made during a discussion underlying the FIFA Congress held in Paris on Sunday, which was headed by Tomaž Vesel.
FIFA’s Audit & Compliance Committee can audit CAF’s books since the continental body receives recurrent grants reaching $10 million from it.
Earlier in April, CAF’s Executive Committee had ordered an audit of its accounts, however, it is unknown if the auditing started before Mohamed El Sherei, CAF’s Financial Director was suspended for undisclosed reasons.
Africa’s football body has been embroiled in scandals from former president Isa Hayatou’s time at the helm and while it seems a new generation of leaders have taken the mantle, the corruption allegations have not gone away.