Ahmad Ahmad has been restored as Confederation of African Football (Caf) president following a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Ahmad was banned for five years and handed a $200,000 fine by Fifa in November for contravening some of the governing body’s codes of ethics.

But he Malagasy – who will now resume his role as a Fifa vice-president – appealed his decision at Cas, which issued a preliminary ruling on Friday.

The decision means the Malagasy, who also resumes his role as Fifa vice president, is still ineligible to run for Caf’s presidential reelection.

However, since the CAS decision came after both the Caf’s Governance Committee and Fifa’s Review Committee discussed the eligibility of candidates earlier this week.

CAS will hear Ahmad’s appeal in full on 2 March, with a decision issued before the Caf presidential elections on 12 March.

“Due to a risk of irreparable harm for Mr Ahmad if the disciplinary sanction is maintained during the period prior to the Caf elections, the CAS panel has upheld the request to temporarily stay the effects of the (Fifa ban),“ CAS said in a statement.

“This effective suspension of the Fifa ruling will be in place ‘until the day that the final Cas award is issued.”

Since he was banned when Fifa met on Tuesday and Caf on Thursday to vet presidential aspirants, Ahmad was deemed ineligible to run.

He will now need to overturn the decisions ruling him ineligible to run since his appeal at CAS was not against the decision barring him from contesting the elections but against his Fifa ban.

Should CAS find against Ahmad when its hearing takes place in early March he will be ruled out of the race once and for all.

Patrice Motsepe is among the four candidates, including Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast, Augustin Senghor of Senegal and Mauritania’s Ahmed Yahya, cleared to run for the Caf elections on 12 March.

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