CAF president Ahmad tests positive for COVID-19


FIFA President Gianni Infantino (L) shakes hands with president of the African Football Confederation (CAF) ...
(FILE)FIFA President Gianni Infantino (L) shakes hands with president of the African Football Confederation (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad during the first ever African Football Symposium in Skhirat on the outskirts of the Moroccan capital on July 18, 2017. Delegates from CAF's 55 member federations, coaches, retired players as well as top football officials from FIFA are in the Moroccan capital to discuss, among other issues, the future of African Cup of Nations, including its format and timing. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

In Summary

  • Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad has become the latest senior global football figure to test positive for COVID-19 days after his FIFA counterpart Gianni Infantino
  • “This morning I’ve been declared positive to COVID-19,” Ahmad said in a brief statement. “I have mild symptoms, but I’m well. I am now in isolation for 14 days at least.”

Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad has become the latest senior global football figure to test positive for COVID-19 days after his FIFA counterpart Gianni Infantino.

“This morning I’ve been declared positive to COVID-19,” Ahmad said in a brief statement. “I have mild symptoms, but I’m well. I am now in isolation for 14 days at least.”

Infantino made a similar revelation on Tuesday and is self-isolating for 10 days, FIFA has confirmed.

Malagasy-born Ahmad, 60, is hoping to retain his position as CAF president at their elective congress in March.

His first tenure, however, has been marked by corruption allegations and an official complaint to FIFA’s ethics committee over his conduct. He denies any wrongdoing.

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