The Confederation of African Football (CAF) Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani, resigned today Sunday without giving any explanation.
The 37-year-old Moroccan revealed his decision in a letter to African national football associations.
His move is probably linked to the defeat of long-serving Cameroonian Issa Hayatou by Malagasy outsider Ahmad Ahmad during the Confederation of African Football presidential election this month.
El Amrani was a Hayatou loyalist, constantly defending his boss, who ruled African football for 29 years, against public and media criticism.
He became secretary general, initially on an interim basis, in 2010 when Egyptian Mustapha Fahmy moved to global football body FIFA.
Ahmad, who will serve a four-year term, is scheduled to meet CAF staff on Monday at the Cairo headquarters of the 60-year-old organisation.