President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr Ahmad Ahmad has been hospitalised in Egypt after testing positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

He tested positive for the virus at Cairo international Airport after arriving in Egypt two days ago, a CAF statement said on Friday.

The statement on the website of the continental soccer governing body read: ”The President after his arrival to Cairo on October 28, presented mild flu symptoms and submitted to the COVID-19 protocol.

”Today, the test results are positive and the president immediately self-isolate for at least the next 14 days at his hotel.

”All those who have come into contact with Ahmad over the past seven days, especially during his trip to Morocco for the Confederation Cup, have been informed and requested to take the necessary measures.”

The initial statement that the CAF Boss was isolating in a Cairo hotel retracted by CAF Communications Director, Alex Siewe who later told the BBC that the Malagasy had been moved to hospital on medical advice. “Patients isolate better in hospital,” Siewe said.

Amid Champions League chaos, the CAF boss had flown to Cairo for talks over the rearrangement of the 2019/20 CAF Champions League.

The trip came following renewed postponement of the semi-final second leg tie featuring Raja Casablanca of Morocco and Zamalek FC of Egypt, as well as the tournament’s final encounter

He recently declared his intention to run for another four-year term as CAF president. Ahmad elected to the top post in 2017.

However, due to COVID-19 outbreak among Raja’s players, the Zamalek-Raja clash has now been moved to November 4, 2020, having initially been switched from October 24 to November 1, 2020

Similarly, the final match, which was set for November 6, will now go ahead on November 27 in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. – With Agency reports


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