CAF: SECRETARY-GENERAL TENDERS RESIGNATION

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[CAF]-Just a day to when the new Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Ahmad Ahmad planned to meet the body’s staff, the secretary-general of the confederation, Hicham El Amrani tendered his resignation.

The 37-year-old Moroccan revealed his decision in a letter to African national football associations.

“It is with great regret that I hereby inform you that I am leaving today my position of CAF Secretary-General, after eight years spent within the CAF confederation.

“These last eight years have been wonderful, enriching and will provided with life-lasting memories.

“CAF will always remain part of my heart, and African football will always be dear to me.”

El Amrani, his letter said he would be departing on Monday, but gave no reason for his decision.

His move has however been speculatively linked to the defeat of long-serving Cameroonian Issa Hayatou by Malagasy outsider Ahmad Ahmad in the CAF presidential election earlier this month.

El Amrani was a Hayatou loyalist, constantly defending his boss, who ruled African football for 29 years, against public and media criticism.

He became secretary-general, initially on an interim basis, in 2010 when Egyptian Mustapha Fahmy moved to global football body FIFA.

Ahmad is scheduled to meet CAF staff on Monday at the Cairo headquarters of the 60-year-old organisation.

He however chaired a meeting with some officials at the African football body’s headquarters in Cairo later on Sunday where he announced his acceptance of El Amrani resignation.




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