Constant Omari: another engineer at the head of CAF


Constant Omari: another engineer at the head of CAF Interim CAF President Constant Omari during the 2021 CAF General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco on 12 March 2021 © Sports Inc By Icon Sport – Rabat (Maroc)

Following the suspension of Ahmad Ahmad by FIFA in 2020, the seat of the president of CAF will become vacant. Constant Omari, then vice-president, will take the place of the Malagasy to act as interim and continue his mission. Ascension which will make the Congolese of the DRC, the second engineer to become boss of African football. The first time was with the Egyptian Abdelaziz Salem, first president of the African Football Confederation.

Constant Omari, with ingenuity

Constant Omari Selemani was born on January 14, 1958 in Bukavu, in eastern DR Congo. Civil engineer specializing in railway engineering, the 63-year-old dignitary has held the post of department director of the Société commerciale des transports et des ports since 1996. A position that allows him to manage the port of Kinshasa in a unique way.

Constant Omari and the rebirth of Congolese football

Passionate about football, Constant Omari will succeed in making his way through the corridors of African football to become the president of FÉCOFA, the Congolese Football Federation, in 2003. A mandate that will allow him in particular to raise the football of his country to the summit of Africa with 3 Champions Leagues (2009, 2010, 2015), 2 Confederation Cups (2016, 2017), 3 African Super Cups (2010, 2011, 2016) and a Club World Cup final (2010), all from TP Mazembe.

The remarkable performances of Congolese clubs on the international scene are proof that their local football is working well. Fourth best league in Africa behind Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and ahead of Algeria, LINAFOOT is the expression of the good work of Constant Omari at the head of Congolese football. Management emeritus which will logically lead the DR Congo to a third place at the CAN in 2015 and a double success, in 2009 and 2016, at the CHAN (African Nations Championship).

Constant Omari at the head of CAF

Member of the FIFA Board in 2015, Constant Omari will continue his administrative progress by becoming 2nd Vice-President of CAF in 2017, and President on November 13, 2020, after the suspension of Ahmad Ahmad by FIFA. First Congolese president of CAF, second interim president in its history after Sudanese Abdel Halim Muhammad (1987-1988), his transition will end on January 29, 2021 with a brief return of Ahmad Ahmad.

In June of the same year Constant Omari will also be suspended by FIFA for one year because of a sum of 64,444 euros in benefits he would have received. « From the company Lagardère Sports […] in the context of the negotiations he was leading ”. In its press release, the International Federation refers to « Negotiations, conducted by Mr. Omari on behalf of CAF, (which) had resulted in the establishment of contractual provisions extremely prejudicial for the Confederation, which had recorded considerable financial losses « .

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