CAF president Ahmad Ahmad has challenged a decision by FIFA to ban him from all football activities for five years after he was found guilty of corruption.
The Malagasy administrator said he will launch an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
In a statement posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday night, Ahmad described the ban as unfair and partial.
“I challenge the sanction that has been imposed. Beyond my case, it is the self-determination of football in Africa that is under attack,” the 60-year-old said.
“This decision was not rendered in a fair and impartial manner.”
— Ahmad Ahmad (@AAhmad_CAF) November 25, 2020
The ban has affected his bid for re-election as head of the African confederation in March 2021. He took the office in 2017 after beating long-time CAF chief Issa Hayatou.