CAF’s Secretary-General resigns

March 26, 2017 Articles Leave a comment

Hicham El Amrani, Secretary-General of the Confederation of African Football, (CAF) handed in his resignation on Sunday. 

“It is with great regret that I hereby inform you that I am leaving today my position of CAF Secretary General, after 8 years spent within the Confederation of African Football,” the 37-year-old Amrani wrote in an email to the new CAF leadership.

[I need] rest. [I have] been the punching ball of everybody for 8 years – Hicham El Amrani

“I would like here to thank CAF, FIFA, the Confederations, the National Associations, the commercial partners, and the entire African football family for the extraordinary opportunity that allowed me to contribute to the development of African Football.

“These last eight years have been wonderful, enriching, and will provided with life-lasting memories. CAF will always remain part of my heart, and African football will always be very dear to me,” Amrani went on.

“I would like to thank very much as well the outgoing President M. Hayatou and his Executive Committee for the support and the confidence given, and I would like to thank infinitely the entire CAF administration. Without my colleagues, no project or work would have seen the day. I am proud of them, and they are and will always be my second family,” Amrani said.

Essam Ahmed will act as the interim CAF Secretary-General until a substantive replacement is made.

When asked what he was going to do in the immediate future, the Moroccan said he was taking a career break.

“[I need] rest. [I have] been the punching ball of everybody for 8 years,” he told me on Sunday.

“I am also grateful for the time spent [at CAF] but it is time to move on and let the new leadership operate.”

Amrani’s resignation is the second high-profile exit from CAF in nine days, after former president Issa Hayatou was defeated in the March 16 presidential election by Ahmad in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Mr Ahmad, currently in Cairo with Kwesi Nyantakyi of Ghana and Omari Constant of DR Congo – two members of CAF’s executive committee and also members of the FIFA Council, is scheduled to speak to CAF’s administrative staff on Monday.



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