KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: Amr Fahmy Jr, the senior African football official who ‘shopped’ CAF president Ahmad Ahmad to FIFA, has died aged 36. He had been ill for some months.
Fahmy had been general secretary of the African confederation CAF until his abrupt departure in April 2019. His grandfather and father had also held the same position before him. Grandfather Mourad Fahmy had also been one of the founders of CAF in 1957.
The Egyptian’s death was confirmed in a CAF statement which said: “We would like to express our deepest condolences on the passing of former CAF General Secretary Amr Fahmy who passed away on Sunday, 23 February 2020, in Cairo, Egypt, after a short illness.
“It is with great deal of sadness and emotions that we received the shock news. On behalf of CAF, we extend our deepest condolences to his family especially his parents, his spouse and daughter.
“Our thoughts are with you at this difficult moment, and may God have mercy on his soul.”
Fahmy was sacked after informing the world governing body’s ethics committee in early 2019 of allegations against Ahmad of corruption and abuse of power.
He claimed that Ahmad, from Madagascar, had paid sums of up $20,000 to several presidents of African federations, spent more than $400,000 on cars in Egypt and Madagascar where he set up a satellite office and expended a disputed $830,000 by commissioning equipment and other rights services via a little-known French intermediary company called Tactical Steel.
Fahmy reported that at least four CAF female employees had alleged sexual harassment.
Ahmad, who was interviewed by French police in June 2019 over the rights sale issue, has denied all wrongdoing. He is understood to be subject to an inquiry by the FIFA ethics committee though no formal action has been undertaken.
Current CAF general secretary is Moroccan Hajji Mouad.
At the end of last year Fahmy had indicated that he would challenge Ahmad next year in elections for the CAF presidency.