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CAF General Secretary quits, commercial director handed acting role


<p>The General Secretary of the Confederation of African Football (<span class="caps">CAF</span>) Mouad Hajji resigned his post less than a year after he was confirmed in the role.</p> <p>Despite the official reason being that he was quitting for personal reasons, he left at a time when the continent’s soccer governing body has been embroiled in crisis. </p> <p>His resignation was accepted by <span class="caps">CAF</span>’s Emergency Committee on Tuesday March 3 which also appointed Commercial Director Abdelmounaïm Bah unanimously as Acting General Secretary.</p> <p>“The members have full confidence in Bah who has exhibited good qualities since joining <span class="caps">CAF</span>, particularly during the Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019.</p> <p>B“ah assumes office immediately till the next meeting of the <span class="caps">CAF</span> Executive Committee. Meanwhile, he will continue to serve as Commercial director, a position he has occupied since June 2018,” <a href="https://www.cafonline.com/news-center/news/abdelmounaim-bah-appointed-acting-general-secretary">an official statement</a> read in part.</p> <p>The now former General Secretary has previously served as a Moroccan government official. The trained dentist, took over last April from Amr Fahmy, who was sacked for submitting evidence to FIFA’s ethics committee about alleged misappropriation of funds by <span class="caps">CAF</span> president Ahmad Ahmad.</p> <p><span class="caps">CAF</span> has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. An independent review by Price Waterhouse Coopers into <span class="caps">CAF</span> operations found “potential elements of mismanagement” and “possible abuse of power” amidst concern about widespread use of cash payments.</p>