Caf granted diplomatic status in Egypt
The Confederation of African Football has entered into an agreement with the Egyptian government granting the continental body diplomatic immunity in the country.
The agreement recognises the “international legal personality” of Caf, which is headquartered in Cairo, as an international non-governmental organisation.
Caf said the signing was done “in view of the continued support to Caf and the facilitation of the mission of the organisation in developing and promoting the African football."
The governing body will benefit from several advantages, immunities and privileges similar to those granted to international organisations and diplomatic missions.
The agreement between the two parties is for a period of 10 years and can be automatically renewed.
Caf was effectively overseen by Fifa, soccer’s world governing body, last year with the latter's secretary general Fatma Samoura working as general delegate for Africa, at the reported request of the confederation.
Fifa assumed joint administration of Caf amid governance issues in what marked the first time it had taken control of one of soccer's continental governing bodies.
It was recently revealed that Fifa is set to investigate financial transactions carried out by Caf after an audit of the confederation identified various irregularities.
The audit, which was undertaken by PwC, the international professional services firm, covers the period from 2015 to 2019 and presidential terms of Ahmad Ahmad and his predecessor Issa Hayatou.