Senior CAF official resigns posts, hits out at president

Liberian official Musa Bility has resigned from two senior positions within the Confederation of African Football (CAF), claiming that president Ahmad is taking the governing body in the “wrong direction”.

While Bility will remain on the CAF Executive Committee he has announced his intention to exit roles on the emergency committee and as president of the African Nations Championship standing committee.

Ahmad was elected to power in 2017, ending Issa Hayatou’s 29-year hold on the presidency. However, Bility, who mounted a failed bid for the Fifa presidency in 2016, has hit out at Ahmad’s leadership style and claims under him, CAF risks becoming the “subject of ridicule around the world.”

“I believe we are worse than we were two years ago,” Bility wrote in a letter to Ahmad and fellow members of the ExCo which was obtained by the Associated Press news agency. “Our situation is such that today the president has demonstrated brazen disregard for the Executive Committee but chooses to run CAF with close associates he feels comfortable around and carries a certain degree of respect for.”

Bility claims he was not invited to the last meeting of CAF’s emergency committee after publicly criticising the saga surrounding hosting rights to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). CAF last week received the green light for its reshuffling of hosting rights to the AFCON following an agreement struck with Alassane Ouattara, president of the Ivory Coast.

“He knows that I have questions that will require answers at this meeting,” Bility said. “He knows that I would have objected to the appointment of a ‘general coordinator of CAF’.  a position that is not statutory and is totally uncalled for.”

He added: “Unfortunately, he has simply forgotten that it took men and women of courage who toiled days and nights, throwing everything into the rings to ensure that he emerges as president.

“I know that members of this august body are keeping quiet not out of fear and cowardice, but to keep the sanctity of this noble institution that means so much to all and sundry. I just cannot hold back any longer as this may lead to bigger problems in the near future.”