The 60 years old CAF President, Madagascan Ahmad Ahmad has agreed to step aside on “medical advice” till the end of the month.
The announcement came just two days after the 60-year-old was released from hospital in Cairo, where he had spent more than a week recovering from coronavirus.
CAF said Ahmad, who goes by one name and has led the organisation since 2017, had been prescribed “at least 20 days” of rest.
First vice-president Constant Omari will head CAF until the end of the month, with Ahmad asked to “limit his efforts”.
“On medical advice, the President of The Confederation of African Football Mr Ahmad Ahmad, has been prescribed a convalescence period which will last at least 20 days during which he is requested to limit his efforts so as to totally restore his energy,” a statement from CAF read.
“This unavailability temporarily makes it impossible to conduct the normal duties linked to a function which requires good health.
“In this situation, the first vice-president Mr Omari Constant will take the interim lead of the CAF executive until November 30 2020.”
Ahmad tested positive for coronavirus on October 30 shortly after flying back to Egypt from Morocco where he had attended the CAF Confederation Cup final.
The Madagascan said he had been experienced “mild symptoms” and spent a period in isolation at AS Salam International Hospital in Egyptian capital Cairo.
After being discharged on November 11, CAF said Ahmad was “not contagious anymore” and there was “minimal risk of complications”.