FUFA President Magogo to step aside amidst fraud investigations

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Moses Magogo Hassim. /Courtesy Photo
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Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President Moses Magogo has revealed he will step down from his position after FIFA started an investigation into the alleged illegal sale of the 2014 World Cup tickets.

Magogo confirmed this news during the delegates congress that was held at the Multi-Purpose hall in Adjumani, West Nile region during the 95th FUFA Ordinary Assembly.

“At the beginning of this Assembly, I told you that I have good news to tell you. The good news is that there is a case that was filed to FIFA to tarnish the person of the president.

“This case can go on for ages but to dispose it off once and for all, I was advised to step aside for two months as the investigations go on.

“I was very sure that the truth will be known and I will be able to bounce back,” Magogo said.

It is believed FUFA received the tickets from FIFA for distribution to Ugandan fans but according to a complaint filed by Makindye West MP, Allan Ssewanyana, Magogo is alleged to have sold the tickets to non-Ugandans.

Ssewanyana accused Magogo of violation and breach of the FIFA statutes, code of ethics and disciplinary code, under the articles 13, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22.

A letter dated 9th June, reportedly signed by Mrs Maria Claudia Rojas, the chairperson of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, states that investigations have started as the truth is sought to find out whether the 177 tickets were indeed sold.

Africa Tembelea has learnt that tickets cost $90 (about Uganda Shs 320,000) for initial stage group games for International fans while for the finals, the cheapest ticket cost international fans $440 (about Uganda Shs 1.5 million) with the most expensive going for $990 (about Uganda Shs 3.5 million).

FUFA first vice president Justus Mugisha will now temporarily take over as the head of the organisation that oversees Ugandan Football as the investigations are conducted and concluded, for the final decision.

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