FIFA to honour Egyptian Mourad Fahmy posthumously

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- FIFA is to award a centennial Order of Merit posthumously to the late Egyptian footballer-administrator Mourad Fahmy, a former Confederation of African Football (CAF) General Secretary from 1961 to 1982, the Cairo-based CAF has said.
CAF President Issa Hayatou and his CAF executive committee decided last April to propose to FIFA Fahmy's candidacy for the award as part of the world governing body's 100-year celebrations.
According to CAF, FIFA will be awarding 10 centennial order of merits (one for each decade of its history) and six order of merits will be awarded by the six continental confederations on Friday.
A representative of Fahmy's family will receive the centennial order of merit on the occasion of the FIFA General Assembly in Paris (France).
Fahmy (1910-1983) died in Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire) while attending a CAF annual meeting.
He was the third CAF General Secretary, occupying the post from 1961 to 1982.
He was also one of the founding members of CAF in February 1957 in Khartoum, Sudan.
In addition, Fahmy was one of the most prominent figures in Egyptian football for more than four decades, as a first class footballer for Al-Ahly Club and the Pharaohs, the country's national team.
In his long association with the beautiful game, he had served as a club administrator, technical manager of the national team, league president and general secretary of the Egyptian Football association.
Together with the former CAF President Ydnekatchew Tessema (Ethiopia), Fahmy made it possible for CAF to become a powerhouse in world football, increasing its membership from less than 10 countries at the beginning of the 1960's to more than 40 countries in the early 1980's.
Fahmy resigned in 1982 from his position as secretary general.

17 mai 2004 16:48:00

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