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CAF president Ahmad Ahmad tests positive for covid-19

Confederation of African Football president Ahmad Ahmad has been hospitalised in Egypt after testing positive for the coronavirus.

CAF president Ahmad Ahmad tests positive for covid-19
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The president of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, has been hospitalised after contracting covid-19.

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

Ahmad hospitalised after covid-19 positive test

The statement added that Ahmad was isolating in a Cairo hotel, but CAF communications director Alex Siewe later told the BBC that the Malagasy had been moved to hospital on medical advice. "Patients isolate better in hospital," Siewe said.

CAF said the president has contacted all people he has recently been in close contact with to inform them of the news so that they can take the precautionary measures needed.

CAF chief flew to Cairo amid Champions League chaos

Ahmad had flown to Cairo for talks over the rearrangement of the 2019/20 CAF Champions League after the renewed postponement of the semi-final second leg between Raja Casablanca and Zamalek, as well as the tournament's final.

He recently declared his intention to run for another four-year term as CAF president following the development the governing body has seen since his election to the post in 2017.

Due to a covid-19 outbreak among the Moroccan side's players, the Zamalek-Raja clash has now been moved to 4 November, having already been switched from 24 October to 1 November.

Meanwhile, the final - which was set to be held on 6 November - is now due to go ahead on 27 November in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.