Controversial Central African football chief Patrice Edouard Ngaissona has been elected to the Caf executive committee following a vote held in Casablanca on Friday.
Ngaissona beat Gabon’s Pierre Alain Mounguengui in the only one of four elections to the Caf exec committee to be contested, with the duo vying to replace Congolese Constant Omari Selemani as the Central Zone’s representative on the committee.
Following a vote held by Africa’s FA presidents, Ngaissona was elected by 30 votes to 23, with one abstention.
The vote was held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Casablanca at the 40th Caf Ordinary General Assembly, overseen by Caf President Ahmad Ahmad and Fifa chief Gianni Infantino.
Prior to Friday's election, the choice for Ngaissona as a Central Zone candidate attracted the most attention, thus, causing a stir.
Al Wihda , a human rights organization based in Bangui in CAR, reacted with alarm at the prospect of his election to the Caf ExCo, citing Ngaissona’s role in 2013 Central African Republic civil war where he allegedly held the position of coordinator for the anti-Balaka armed movement.
The former Sports Minister, under exiled President François Bozize, is accused of sowing terror in the country as the head of the anti-Balaka militia, whose moniker derives from the Sango language and is a mix between the words for 'machete' and 'AK 47', effectively meaning "machete-proof" or "invincible".
The anti-Balaka are accused of assorted crimes in the country and were involved in a wave of violence that left a million people displaced in the strife-torn country.