CAIRO:  Hicham El Amrani has resigned as secretary-general of the African Confederation of Football only one week after the ousting of long-time president Issa Hayatou writes KEIR RADNEDGE.

The 37-year-old Moroccan, in a letter to all the African football federations, said he would be officially departing tomorrow/Monday but gave no reason for his decision.

In any case it had been expected that he would very soon be replaced.

El Amrani has held the senior administrative role within CAF since 2011 having replaced Egyptian Mustapha Fahmi. Previously El Amrani held a number of senior roles with the Asian confederation.

Last year Hayatou declared CAF as a supporter of Asian confederation president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa in the latter’s vain attempt to land the FIFA presidency.

Ahmad Ahmad, head of the Madagascar FA, defeated Hayatou in an election nine days ago at CAF Congress in Addis Ababa which saw a number of his supporters also elected on to the executive committee which had long been little more than a rubber stamp for the 70-year-old Cameroonian.

Those voted out of supporting power included FIFA Council member Hani Abo Rida (Egypt) and former member Mohamed Raouraou (Algeria).