Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has on Monday reduced the ban imposed on Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Ahmad Ahmad from five to two years.
Ahmad was slapped with a five-year ban by the World football governing body, FIFA, in November last year.
The adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Independent Ethics Committee found Ahmad guilty of abuse of office, misappropriation of funds and, offering gifts and other benefits as CAF president and FIFA vice-president.
This prompted Ahmad to file for an appeal in CAS in an attempt to seek re-election as the CAF President this year.
Following a two-day hearing last week, CAS has issued a ruling today, reducing the ban from five to two years and also scaled-down the fine from 200,000 Swiss Francs to 50,000.
However, the request for Ahmad to run for a second term as CAF President has been denied. This comes four days to the CAF Elections slated for this Friday in Morocco’s capital Rabat.
Reports indicate South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe, the owner of Mamelodi Sundowns is likely to win unopposed after influence from FIFA President, Gianni Infantino.
FIFA found Ahmad guilty on accounts of duty of loyalty, abuse of position, and misappropriation of funds, among others.
Key among them was the deal between CAF and French company Tactical Steel that was given the mandate to supply sportswear. Reports claimed this came at an inflated cost compared to former supplier Puma.
The other case was the religious pilgrimage that Ahmad offered to 15 FA Presidents to Mecca and Medina that cost over $110,000.