Amr Fahmy, the former general secretary of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), died on Sunday at the age of 37 after a long battle with cancer.
Fahmy, whose father and grandfather assumed the same role, was appointed as CAF’s secretary general in November 2017, replacing Moroccan Hicham El Amrani in the new dispensation under President Ahmad Ahmad.
However, he was fired less than two years into the job after he accused CAF’s president Ahmad Ahmad of bribes and misuse of hundreds of thousands of dollars. He was replaced by Moroccan Mouad Hajji.
The revelations caused shockwaves in the continent and prompted world governing body FIFA to take over the running of African football for six months last year, dispatching its own general secretary Fatma Samoura to effectively be in charge of CAF.
In June last year, Ahmad Ahmad was also briefly detained by French authorities in Paris as part of corruption probe.