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U.S. State Department official comments on CAF President’s visa denial

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A U.S. Department of State official on Thursday commented on CAF President’s visa denial.

Africa has reacted with shock and disbelief after the U.S. denied visa to Ahmad Ahmad, the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Vice President of FIFA.

CAF is the administrative and controlling body for African association football headquartered in Cairo, Egypt.

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Following an inquiry by TODAY NEWS AFRICA forwarded to the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, a Department of State official said visa records were confidential.

“Visa records are confidential under U.S. law; therefore, we cannot discuss the details of individual visa cases,” the official told TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC.

Ahmad Ahmad, who is from Madagascar, was elected on 16 March 2017, after defeating Issa Hayatou, a Cameroonian football administrator.

Born on 30 December 1959, the Malagasy football administrator became a politician after being both a football player and coach in his younger days. From February 2003, he served as the president of Malagasy Football Federation for three terms before moving to CAF.

With his visa rejection, Ahmad Ahmad will not attend World Cup meetings scheduled in Miami, USA, from 14 to 15 March.

Newspapers described the visa denial as a humiliation, noting that it was the first time a senior football official in Africa was denied a U.S. visa.

But the United States granted visas to six other Africans, including Nsekera Lydia from Burundi, Constant Omari from Congo, Bouchamaou Tarek from Tunisia, Abo Rida Hany from Egypt, Camara Kabele from Guinea and Nyamilandu Walter from Malawi.

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