The former Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) president Jacques Anouma has been tipped to replace embattled Ahmad as CAF President.
According to Ivorian newspaper Le Matin, Anouma is in the frame to take over from the Malagasy if he decides to not run for reelection. Ahmad's rein at CAF has come under immense pressure after investigations into the African body revealed massive financial irregularities and administrative shortcomings.
“It takes a great leader to head CAF and among the hopefuls, Jacques Anouma can do the trick. Everyone knows his involvement in the development of football on the continent. He showed what he can do while at the FIF and the UFOA," reports Le Matin, citing an anonymous source.
At FIF, Anouma ran for the CAF presidency in 2013 but new regulations introduced by the then president Issa Hayatou locked him out. Anouma has been involved in the CAF-FIFA tussles as a meditator as the global body tries to streamline CAF after years of administrative and governance issues.
CAF is scheduled to go to elections early next year in Cairo. Egyptian Amr Fahmy is the only person to declare his candidature for the presidency.
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