Officials and the employees of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will now enjoy diplomatic protection from the Egyptian government, for the next 10 years.
This comes following a successful headquarters agreement deal signed between the continental football body and the Egyptian government.
The deal, that will see all CAF operations conducted from Cairo just as it has been, will run until 2030 only that this time around, CAF will have some sort of immunity.
The agreement recognizes the international legal personality of CAF as an international non-governmental organization.
This means that CAF shall benefit from several advantages, immunities and privileges similar to those granted to international organizations and diplomatic missions.
Besides the tax exemption, paid by foreign companies operating in Egypt, the 10-year renewable deal will also see CAF easily obtain work permits for its employees.
During his campaign, CAF boss Ahmad Ahmad promised to establish a 50-50 staff split as part of an effort to hire expatriates from other African countries and the deal now opens doors for more Africans to work in Egypt.
The agreement was signed by CAF president whilst Minister of Youth and Sports Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, signed on behalf of the Egyptian state, in the presence of Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly.
The organization had been operating without a headquarters agreement since 2017 and there was growing fear that CAF would relocate to another country.
It remains to be seen how things will pan out at CAF, a body that has been riddled with integrity issues.
A recent audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) exposed CAF as ‘unreliable and not trustworthy’ when it comes to financial management with the report citing transactions in excess of US$20 million having “little or no supporting documentation”.
The PwC report also recommended further investigations into the role played by Ahmad and his attaché, Loic Gerand, in the deal with French company Tactical Steel, some of whose financial dealings with CAF it described as ‘highly suspicious’, according to SportsPro.