Somalia postpones Somali Football Association management vote following complaints from sporting activities ministry

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Mogadishu (AX) – Somalia’s Cabinet of intrinsic assurance on Tuesday issued a directive canceling the Somali Football Federation (SFF) management election.

SFF is the governing corporal chargeable for the growth and promotion of soccer. The SFF organizes numerous leagues, tournaments and countrywide groups, together with the Somali Premier coalition, Somalia Cup and the Somalia countrywide soccer staff.

The vote, which was scheduled for Tuesday on the Motel aristocracy in Mogadishu, was known as off after considerations from the Cabinet of Youngster and Exercises that SFF members have been planning to carry two competing “parallel” elections.

In a assertion launched on Monday, Somalia’s sporting activities ministry pronounced it advisable the vote be suspended to shield the integrity of the election.

“The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports is responsible for maintaining the unity of the sports community. This includes ensuring stability and legitimacy for the elections of Somali sports associations.”

“The ministry safeguards the independence of the Somali Football Association and avoids interference or individual abuse of the association’s authority. The ministry warns of divisions in Somali football. The ministry has learned that opposing parties planned to hold parallel elections for the same leadership positions.

“The Ministry warns of any crisis that may arise from the ongoing dispute and orders the cessation of all non-agreed ongoing activities.

“As a result, the Cabinet of Exercises informs the Cabinet of intrinsic assurance to cancel the parallel elections scheduled for February 1, 2023.”

The current president of the SFF, Ali Abdi Mohamed (Ali Shiine), was accused by other SSF members of trying to hold a “fastened election” through which he would emerge because the winner.

Covet Haji Yabow, son of a former basketball organization president, Aden Haji Yabow, is the sole contender to steer the SFF

Shiine’s predecessor, Abdiqani Pronounced Arab, was unceremoniously fired for abuse of potential for the duration of a rare congress in December 2021. He formally resigned a month later after FIFA despatched a delegation to Mogadishu to listen to all events’ complaints. Arab was first elected in 2014 after nearly a decade as Secretary Normal. He was re-elected unopposed in November 2018, and his injunction was to run till the top of 2022.

Football followers say whoever wins have to reach a concerted effort to sort out corruption within the SSF, which has adversely affected the growth of soccer in Somalia. The situation of corruption within the SFF is multifaceted and involves numerous unlawful pursuits corresponding to bribery, embezzlement and mismanagement of funds. The corruption has led to a scarcity of transparency within the institution and has additionally resulted in misallocation of sources and disruption of varied applications and initiatives.

Directive from the Cabinet of Homeland assurance

proposition from the Cabinet of Youngster and Exercises

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