CAF President Ahmad NOT denied US visa for Fifa meetings

Published on: 14 March 2019
CAF President Ahmad NOT denied US visa for Fifa meetings
Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad speaks during the 12th CAF Extraordinary General Assembly

Reports that CAF president Ahmad Ahmad has been refused a visa to enter the United States for this week's Fifa Council meetings in Miami have proven to be false after he received his visa on Thursday.

The Malagasy applied for the visa from Egypt last week to attend the meetings in Miami but stringent measures for visa applications to the USA from the North African country led to delays.

This sparked widespread false reports in media including the BBC that the leader of Africa's football governing body had been denied a visa.

The BBC reported that Ahmad "has been refused a visa to enter the United States for this week's Fifa Council meetings in Miami.'

Some even speculated that the 59-year-old, who is a vice-president of world football's governing body by virtue of his position with Caf, is facing arrest in the United States.

However those reports were proven to be false when Ahmad received his visa on Thursday, the day the meeting is supposed to start in Miami. The visa has been seen by Ghanasoccernet.com.

It is clear that the stringent USA visa regulations in Egypt led to the delay that has affected his journey to Miami.

The Fifa Council meeting opens in Miami on Thursday and concludes on Friday, when the possible expansion of the 2022 World Cup from 32 to 48 teams will be discussed.

Madagascar's Ahmad was elected Caf leader in March 2017 on a platform pledging to fight corruption.

 

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