Confederation of African Football president Ahmad has been banned for five years by FIFA for breaching various codes of ethics.
The 60-year-old, a Vice-President of FIFA was found to have breached codes relating to duty of loyalty, offering and accepting gifts, abuse of position and misappropriation of funds.
Ahmad who announced his re-election bid last month ahead of March’s elections is also facing a separate ethics investigation by football’s world governing body.
In a rare move, FIFA has split its investigation into two parts with Ahmad having asked for his ethics case to be resolved prior to the 12 November deadline for presidential candidates to be named.
He can appeal his sanction at the Court of Arbitration for Sports once he has received the full grounds for the decision, a process that can take up to 60 days.