HARARE – Confederation of African Football (Caf) secretary-general Hicham El Amrani has resigned from his post as he becomes the first casualty following the end of long-serving Issa Hayatou’s reign.
Hayatou, who had been Caf president since 1988, was disposed by Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad during elections held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia earlier this month.
During the elections, six of Hayatou’s allies on the Caf Executive Committee also lost their positions in the influential body.
However, Amrani’s time at Caf was always going to be limited following Ahmad’s triumph since he had been in conflict with the Malagasy’s campaign manager Cosafa and Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa.
El Amrani, in a letter to African football associations, said he would be departing today, but gave no reason for his decision.
The 37-year-old Moroccan had served as the Caf secretary-general for the last six years.
New Caf president Ahmad is expected to meet staff members in Cairo today and looking for a new secretary-general will be one of the issues on top of his to do list.
“It is with great regret that I hereby inform you that I am leaving today my position of Caf secretary-general, after eight years spent within Caf,” Amrani said.
“I would like here to thank Caf, Fifa, the confederations, the national associations, the commercial partners and the entire African football family for the extraordinary opportunity that allowed me to contribute to the development of African football.
“These last eight years have been wonderful, enriching and provided me with life-lasting memories, Caf will always remain part of my heart and African football will always be very dear to me.”
The Moroccan rounded up his letter by thanking Hayatou, the Caf Executive Committee and the entire Caf secretariat for the support they offered him during his time in Cairo at the Caf headquarters.
“Without my colleagues none of my projects or work would have seen the day. I’m proud of them and they are and will always be in my heart.”
Hayatou had spent 29 years in office and the Cameroonian had been accused of ruling with an iron fist while sidelining other federations.