KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: The troubled African football confederation has named Abdelmounaïm Bah as interim secretary-general after Monday’s sudden departure of Mouad Hajji.

One Moroccan thus succeeds another, indicating where the balance of power lies at the head of CAF since Fouzi Lekjaa is third vice-president undetr the leadership of controversial Ahmad Ahmad..

A CAF statement said: “All the members have full confidence in Mr Abdelmounaïm Bah with regard to the qualities displayed since his arrival at the African Football Confederation, especially during the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.”

Hajji had taken over only last April from sacked Amr Fahmy.

The latter, who died last month aged 36, was sacked after reporting Ahmad for the ethics committee of world federation FIFA over a range of allegations from financial abuse to sexual harassment of staff – all denied by the Madagascar official.

Earlier this year FIFA secretary-general Fatma Samoura ended a six-month stint trying to bring some adninistrative and financial sense to CAF. She infuriated many exco members by ending the tradition of no-questions-asked cash expenses; FIFA president Gianni Infantino upset them further by suggesting that the Nations Cup should be staged every four years not every two years as now.