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Troubled Club Africain Calls Off Congress Meeting to Elect a New Chairman

There won’t be any new chairman replacing under-fire Slim Riahi after Tunisian side, Club Africain canceled its congress meeting that was slated for July 14th to usher in a new replacement for the former leader who is facing charges of graft and money laundering.

At least for now, according to the club’s newly installed transitional steering committee comprising mostly of former players of the side, there won’t be any such event.

Riahi, a former Tunisia presidential candidate, resigned from the chairmanship role of the club he was bankrolling since 2012.

The 44-year-old leader and founder of the Free Patriotic Union opposition party had his assets frozen as probing continues into his business deals in the past as part of the Tunisian government’s crackdown on corruption.

Riahi has come on the receiving end of criticism after delegates also accused him of plunging the club into a debt of 80 million dinars while player-protest over unpaid wages, was another hitch he had to put up with in the final hours of his chairmanship.

Despite all these, he is still said to have a huge influence at the club and is strongly linked to being behind the cancellation of the congress.

No one has outlined any interest in filling the void with Club Africain still said to be heavily reliant on Riahi’s help.



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