Federation of Uganda Football Associations President Moses Magogo now also heads the Futsal and Beach Soccer African committees Credit: Kawowo Sports

FUFA Boss Magogo is set to step aside pending FIFA Investigations over the alleged sale of 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets.

Moses Magogo

Magogo has revealed that he will temporarily step aside to permit pending investigations by the FIFA over the alleged sale of World Cup tickets.

Magogo made the revelation before fully packed delegates congress 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 confessed to the disbelieving Football August house.

Moses Magogo, FUFA Boss

Mugisha To Take Over

Magogo also revealed that the federation first vice president Justus Mugisha will temporarily steer the wheels as the investigations are conducted and concluded, for the final decision.

Justus Mugisha

The Case Genesis

The case against Magogo to FIFA was filed by Makindye West Member of Parliament, Allan Ssewanyana.

Ssewanyana, also the chairman of Katwe United Football Club, an entity in the FUFA Big League and the shadow Minister for Sports in the opposition government petitioned FIFA regarding the way Magogo handled the 2014 World Cup tickets allocated for Uganda.

Allan Ssewanyana Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The petition was filed on 30th May 2017 to the FIFA Ethics and Integrity Committee, accusing the person of Magogo for violation and breach of the FIFA statutes, code of ethics and disciplinary code, under the articles 13, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22.

For every FIFA World Cup tournament, a particular number of tickets is allocated to each federation prior to the championship.

In Uganda’s case 177 tickets were allocated but none, according to Ssewanyana were sold to Ugandans.

The football fraternity remains in shock over Magogo’s decision and will keenly await what transpires in the next two months.

List of notable faces convicted or suspended over various charges;

Sepp Blatter – [found guilty of a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” made to Michel Platini in 2011. FIFA ethics committee demonstrated an “abusive execution” of Blatter’s position. Swiss prosecutors also accused Blatter of criminal mismanagement or misappropriation over a TV rights. Michael Lauber, Swiss attorney general, investigated suspicious activity around Fifa’s Swiss bank accounts]

Michel Platini – [guilty of receiving a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” from Blatter in 2011. Demonstrated an abusive execution” of his position]

Jerome Valke – [First suspended by Ethics Committee on a series of allegations implicating him in selling World Cup tickets for above face value. In focus on a $10m = Sh1 billion, deal that US prosecutors say was a bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup for South Africa. As Fifa Secretary-General wrote to a South African minister asking when the transfer could be made, and saying that Sepp Blatter and Thabo Mbeki, then South African President, had discussed the matter.]

Jack Warner – [Fifa vice-president used the $10m paid by South Africa to Concacaf for cash withdrawals, personal loans and to launder money. On bail in Trinidad pending extradition to the United States.]

Charles “Chuck” Blazer – [Already pleaded guilty; former general secretary of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) co-operated with US prosecutors. Admitted: he and others on the Fifa executive committee agreed to accept bribes in connection with the selection of South Africa as the host of the 2010 World Cup one of his co-conspirators received a bribe in Morocco for its bid to host the 1998 tournament, which was eventually awarded to France he and others also accepted bribes in connection with broadcast and other rights to the Concacaf Gold Cup tournament in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2003.

Jeffrey Webb – [Once head of CONCACAF extradited to the US. Arrested for corruption charges on May 27, 2015 by Swiss Police acting at the request of the US Department of Justice on charges of racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering. Banned by ethics committee.

Ricardo Teixeira – [Former Brazil football federation chief; “indicted for criminal schemes involving well over $200m (£132m) in bribes and kickbacks.”]

Eduardo Li Sánchez – [Costa Rican Football Federation president, Fifa executive committee member-elect, Concacaf executive committee member. Arrested May 2015 in Switzerland and extradited to the US to face corruption charges. Banned by Fifa ethics committee.]

Julio Rocha López – [Former Fifa development officer, former Nicaraguan Football Federation President. Arrested May 2015 in Switzerland, extradited to the United Staes to face corruption charges. Banned by Fifa ethics committee. In December 2016, pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn to charges of racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.]

Nicolás Leoz Almirón – [Former President of CONMEBOL (South American Football Confederation), president of Paraguay FA. Banned by Fifa ethics committee over taking bribes regarding the awarding of World Cup TV rights.]

Eugenio Figueredo – [Former president Uruguay Football Association and CONMEBOL. Arrested by FBI. Both Uruguay and the United States sought his extradition. Agreed to be extradited to Uruguay.

Alfredo Hawit – [Lawyer, Honduran president and Concacaf, Fifa vice-president]. Banned after pleading guilty to corruption charges.

Sergio Elías Jadue Jadue – [Former president Chile FA and second vice-president of CONMEBOL. Pleaded guilty of corruption and banned for life by Fifa ethics committee.]

Carlos Chavez – [Head of Bolivia FA, treasurer of CONMEBOL. Arrested July 2015 on Fifa corruption case, accused of “alleged corruption in the management of resources.”]

Daryl Warner – [Trinidad and Tobago, son of Jack Warner. Pleaded guilty of corruption.]

Daryan Warner – [Trinidad and Tobago/Grenada, son of Jack Warner, Pleaded guilty of corruption.]

Alejandro Burzaco – [Argentine businessman in sports marketing. Swiss police sought to arrest over FBI documents alleging to have paid $110M in bribes to allow his company. Fled Swiss police to Italy where he turned himself to police. Entered guilty plea.]

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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