FIFA officials in Sudan to investigate political interference in football election

A delegation from the Geneva-based International Federation of Football Associations, FIFA, on Tuesday arrived in Khartoum to investigate government interference in elections of the Sudan Football Association, SFA.”We came to the Sudan to get first-hand information about the current crisis in the Sudanese football with the existence of two football associations”, the FIFA delegation told reporters.

FIFA officials on Wednesday held a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sport, Dr Abdul Karim Musa, in the presence of the current president of the SFA, Dr Mutasim Jaafar, and several members of his group.

During the meeting, the minister underlined the need to reach a solution to avert any threat of freezing Sudan football activities.

It was imperative for the FIFA delegation to meet with the football association members elected recently, and headed by Gen. Abdul Rahman Sirulkhatim, he also said.

The meeting discussed the statute of the association and the amendments required to streamline the status of the association with FIFA’s basic system.

In 30 April 2017, there was fear that Sudan would be suspended after a group backed by the government and led by a former Sudan defence minister, Abdo AL Rahman Ser-Alkhatem, was declared winner of a Sudan football association election, despite FIFA had ordered  suspension of the elections for six months following fears of political interference.

However, the current president of the SFA, Mutasim Gafaar, and his group refused the results, claiming the election was held illegally and government interference was evident and that this violated the laws. He wrote to FIFA about the situation before they visited Khartoum.


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