African football’s ruling body, the Confederation of African Football, has fired a senior official after he made corruption accusations against the organisation’s president, Ahmad Ahmad.
The development is a potential blow to world governing body FIFA’s efforts to clean up the game after a raft of scandals worldwide.
CAF sacked general secretary Amr Fahmy after the Egyptian accused Ahmad of bribes and misuse of hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to officials and an internal document.
The document, sent on March 31 by Fahmy to a FIFA body which investigates alleged ethics breaches, was seen by Reuters.
It accuses Ahmad of ordering his secretary-general to pay $20,000 (about N7m or 15,256 pound sterling) bribes into accounts of African football association (FA) presidents.
They included FA presidents of Cape Verde and Tanzania.
The document also accused Ahmad of costing CAF an extra $830,000 (about N298.8m) by ordering equipment via a French intermediary company called Tactical Steel.
Furthermore, it accuses him of harassing four female CAF staff, whom it did not name, and violating statutes to increase Moroccan representation within the organization.
He was also accused of over-spending more than $400,000 (about N140m) of CAF money on cars in Egypt and Madagascar, where a satellite office has been set up for him.
Senior CAF officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Fahmy was fired after compiling the document with the allegations against Ahmad who took the top African football post two
CAF confirmed to Reuters that Fahmy lost his job at an executive committee meeting in Cairo on Thursday, prior to the draw for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.
His accuser, Fahmy, 35, was appointed as general secretary in late 2017, keeping up a family tradition that stretches across three generations.