CAF crisis deepens as president Ahmad accused of double-claiming expenses

The crisis at the Confederation of African Football continues to grow, with the BBC reporting that the body’s under-fire president Ahmad received two sets of expenses in two different countries for the same nine-day period during last year’s Fifa World Cup.

Ahmad, who is under investigation from both the Fifa Ethics Commission and French anti-corruption authorities, is alleged to made claims for expenses from Caf for work carried out in Egypt, where the body is headquartered, between June 23 and 1 July 1, before later submitting an expense report claiming he was in Russia during the same week. 

He should also have been payed a daily allowance of $450 (€402) per day from Fifa for the World Cup, meaning he may have received three sets of payments for the same nine-day period. 

Furthermore, it has been suggested that Ahmad was in neither Egypt nor Russia at the time, but instead at home in his native Madagascar. 

Caf reportedly told the BBC that Ahmad would “keep his answers for Fifa’s teams” rather than respond to press enquiries about the allegations. 

Last month, SportBusiness reported that Fatma Samoura, Fifa’s secretary general, had been parachuted into Caf to act as Fifa General Delegate for Africa and oversee operational management of the stricken confederation.