The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) is challenging a ruling by CAF – African football’s governing body – which hastily awarded a third vice presidential position to Moroccan Football Association President Fouzi Lekjaa.
Egypt contends that procedural technicalities surrounding Thursday’s deliberation at the CAF Symposium in Morocco – which led to the appointment – were irregular.
A portion of Egypt’s complaint can be viewed below, in this video exclusively obtained by Pharaohs XI:
Lekjaa’s appointment is being viewed as a reward by some who attended the symposium in Skhirat.
“It seems they’re rewarding Fouzi Lekjaa for his contributions. In campaigns, in hosting the symposium, etc.,” a source told Pharaohs XI on condition of anonymity.
The source added that EFA President Hany Abourida eyed vice presidency himself, and was “not impressed” with Lekjaa’s appointment.
Abourida had already left the symposium by the time Lekjaa’s appointment was announced.
Abourida was one of CAF President Ahmad Ahmad’s staunch early supporters at a time it seemed unlikely he could unseat longtime strongman Issa Hayatou.
The source says Egypt may be concerned with Morocco’s growing influence within CAF.
Morocco recently signed as many as 40 deals for developing football associations across Africa.
“Many within CAF circles think Lekjaa has designs on becoming CAF President himself in the not too distant future.
“Morocco may even want CAF’s headquarters eventually moved from 6th October City to Rabat,” the source said.
Egypt sent a high-level delegation to the symposium, including Abourida and Sports and Youth Minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz.
Egypt also asked to step in as AFCON 2019 host should Cameroon be deemed unready.
Morocco, Algeria, and Ethiopia also expressed interest in hosting AFCON.
Developments at the symposium indicate possible new geopolitical battles within CAF and member nations that will be played out for years to come.