Benin Football Federation president Anjorin Moucharaf has resigned from his post moments before new elections within the body set for Tuesday July 30 according to SuperSport.
The embattled official said in a statement that he would not run for another term amid concerns that his candidacy would exacerbate the ongoing tension in the country’s football.
“I will not be running for another term in office,” Moucharaf said. “I have done my best for Benin’s football and now I want to focus on my continental engagements.” He is now a member of Caf executive committee.
Re-elected in 2009, Moucharaf was imprisoned in 2010 for alleged mismanagement of funds while 12 of his 15 executive committee members pulled out to form a parallel Football Federation, which still exists.
Fifa and Caf had always thrown their support behind Moucharaf while the government’s position favoured the dissention.
Local editorialists say the withdrawal of Moucharaf could bring down the tension and open a new chapter in the country’s football.