CAF Exco member Abdigani Said Arab resigns as Somali football President

CAF Exco member Abdigani Said Arab resigns as Somali football President

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee member, Abdigani Said Arab has on Wednesday  formally resigned as President of the Somali Football Federation (SFF).

Said Arab was last month dismissed during an Extra-Ordinary Congress in the capital Mogadishu because of alleged violation of the statutes and power abuse. The members agreed that the First Vice President of SFF, Mohamed Ali Abdi will be in-charge till the end of 2022 during the next elections.

But in a twist of events FIFA sent an official and the CAF third Vice President Souleiman Hassan Waberi last weekend to listen to all parties and mediate.

However, before FIFA announced the outcome of the meetings last weekend, Abdigani Said Arab this morning announced that for the good of Somali football he has resigned.

Abdigani Said Arab who has been President of the Samali FA for eight years however today announced his resignation in compliance with the decision of the Extra-Ordinary Congress that sat last month.

The development means Said Arab who was co-opted as a CAF Exco member after Dr. Patrice Motsepe was elected last year is now likely to lose his place and also on the FIFA Organizing Committee where he is a member.

Last December Abdigani Said Arab allegedly dismissed SFF General Secretary Yusuf Ahmed and instead appointed former Media and Communications manager of the Federation Shafi’I Abokar. But Abokar also resigned on January 13, 2022 and copied his letter to FIFA, CAF and the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA).

“The Federation is in turmoil and the executive Committee is divided. We have not had football activities for six months and the SFF offices have been closed for six months now,” said Abokar.

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