Caf president Ahmad leaves Cairo hospital after Covid infection

Friday, November 13th, 2020 00:00 |
Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Ahmad.

Cairo, Thursday

Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Ahmad has been released from hospital after 10 days in isolation with the coronavirus in Cairo. 

Described as ‘with minimal risk of complications’ and ‘not contagious anymore’, the 60-year-old has returned to his home in the Egyptian capital.

The Fifa vice-president was taken to hospital hours after testing positive for Covid-19 on 30 October. 

“Doctors have prescribed at least 20 days of convalescence, during which he will have to limit his efforts in order to fully recover his energy,” said a Caf statement.

The Malagasy is at the start of his campaign for re-election, while also facing an ongoing Fifa ethics case.

In a month, he is scheduled to lead Africa’s General Assembly. 

“President Ahmad would like to personally and sincerely thank all the medical staff of AS Salam International Hospital for their support,” Caf added. 

“He would also like to thank the work of (Caf’s) Vice-Presidents, as well as the General Secretary, who have carried out certain missions that the President was unable to accomplish at the time.” 

Both Ahmad and Caf are facing a critical period, with candidates for next March’s presidential elections needing to register by the end of Thursday 12 November. 

Three rivals came forward during Ahmad’s Covid-enforced stay - Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast, South African Patrice Motsepe and Mauritania’s Ahmed Yahya all announcing bids. -BBC

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