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CAS Reinstates Ahmad As CAF President

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reinstated Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad as President of Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Recall that Ahmad was banned by FIFA in November for five years after football’s world governing body found him to have breached several of its ethics codes.

The Malagasy appealed the decision at CAS, which issued a preliminary ruling on Friday.

“Due to a risk of irreparable harm for Mr Ahmad if the disciplinary sanction is maintained during the period prior to the CAF elections, the CAS panel has upheld the request to temporarily stay the effects of the (FIFA ban),” CAS, sport’s highest legal body, said in a statement.

Ahmad is still ineligible to contest CAF’s presidential elections in March however, since the CAS decision came after both the CAF’s Governance Committee and FIFA ‘s Review Committee met earlier this week to discuss the eligibility of candidates.

CAS says it will hear Ahmad’s appeal in full on March 2, with a decision issued before the CAF presidential elections on 12 March.

This effective suspension of the FIFA ruling will be in place “until the day that the final CAS award is issued.”

Ahmad will now need to overturn the decisions ruling him ineligible to run, since his appeal at CAS was not against the decision barring him from contesting the elections but against his FIFA ban.

Four candidates have been cleared to run for the CAF presidential elections on 12 March: Jacques Anouma (Ivory Coast), Patrice Motsepe (South Africa), Augustin Senghor (Senegal), Ahmed Yahya (Mauritania).

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