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Hany Abou-Rida wins FIFA council seat elections

Hany Abou-Rida wins FIFA council seat elections

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President of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), Hany Abou-Rida, has been elected as a CAF representative on the FIFA Council. 

Abou-Rida secured 50 votes against Zelkifili Ngoufonja’s 4, who was his only challenger, during the CAF Extraordinary General Assembly in Manama, Bahrain.

There were two other contenders for the free seat, Leodegar Tenga from Tanzania and Mohamed Samir Sobha from Mauritius, but both withdrew from the elections.

It takes seven members to complete the CAF representatives on the FIFA Council. The other members are Lydia Nsekera of Burundi, Tunisia’s Tarek Bouchamaoui, DR Congo’s Omari Constant, Guinea’s Almamy Kabele Camara, Ghana’s Kwesi Nyantakyi and Ahmad Ahmad, who is the Fifa Vice-President due to his position as head of CAF.

The delegates at the Extraordinary General Assembly also approved the amendment of the CAF budget to allow the implementation of President Ahmad’s proposed program. When he was elected Ahmad granted a subvention of $100,000 to each Member Association, consisting of $20,000 as compensatory allowances for the President of the Associations, $50,000 for youth football and $30,000 for the support of match official indemnities.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and General Secretary, Fatma Samoura, attended the CAF Extraordinary General Assembly, as it saw the increase of African members on the FIFA Council from four to seven as per the FIFA Statutes.

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