Liberia Football Association President Mustapha Raji will no longer run unopposed for a slot in the next CAF Executive Committee elections after the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) on Thursday declared Raji’s opponent, Antonio Souaré, President of the Guinean Football Federation, eligible to contest in the election.
CAS is an institution independent of any sports organization which provides for services in order to facilitate the settlement of sports-related disputes through arbitration or mediation by means of procedural rules adapted to the specific needs of the sports world.
In its final decision issued on March 11, 2021, CAS said, “the appeal filed by Mr Mamadou Antonio Souaré (Guinea) was upheld and the decisions issued by the CAF Governance Commission on 29 January 2021 and 12 February 2021 in which Mamadou Antonio Souaré was declared ineligible for election to the CAF Executive Committee were set aside.”
Mr. Souaré’s candidacy for the Executive Committee of CAF was rejected by CAF’s Governance Commission on January 19, after he “failed to provide satisfactory legal documentation proving his withdrawal from a sports betting company in Guinea.”
The election will take place this Friday in Rabat (Morocco) on the occasion of the CAF General Assembly which, in addition to the presidency of the governing body of football, will elect the members of the Executive Committee and the African representatives to the Council of FIFA.
With the latest decision from CAF, LFA President Raji and Guinean Football Federation President Souaré will now go head-to-head for the position.
Raji, in a chat with sports journalist Roland Mulbah, said despite the latest ruling, he is optimistic about winning the position.
For the post of CAF president, the South African, Patrice Motsepe, the only candidate running after the withdrawals of Mr. Augustin Senghor, Ahmed Yahya, Jacques Anouma and the two-year suspension of former CAF president Ahmad Ahmad.