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Why Magogo Stepped Aside As FUFA President

At the beginning of this month, the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) president Moses Magogo stepped  aside to give Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) space to carry out their investigations into allegations of corruption against him.

It all started in May 2017 with Makindye East Member of Parliament and the owner of second division side Katwe United, Allan Ssewanyana petitioning FIFA’s Ethics and Integrity Committee in Zurich, Switzerland, accusing Magogo of corrupt behavior.

Ssewanyana alleged that Magogo illegally sold FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 tickets designated to Uganda to his associates in United States.

Magogo denies the charge and has vowed to prove his innocence.

But FIFA’s Ethics Committee has since asked Magogo to step aside for a deeper investigation into the incident.

It’s understood Magogo had had been told to step aside for six months but pleaded for leniency hence reducing his forced leave to two months.

According to Ssewanyana’s filed case, Magogo  used the tickets for his own profit and dubious personal preferences, something the lawmaker  claims was not in the best interest of Uganda and football as a whole.

This means Magogo will be away from office until FIFA concludes the probe.

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“We want someone with clean hands to manage our football, and thus I have petitioned FIFA to investigate Magogo,” Ssewanyana said after Magogo’s stepping down.

During the time of his absence, FUFA vice president Justus Mugisha will act as the FUFA’s president.

It should be noted that FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Plattini are currently serving a six-year ban from football after they were found guilty of fraud and improper conduct.

In the same case, former FIFA Vice-president Jack Warner’s family was also found guilty of making at least £500,000 profit from selling the 2006 World Cup tickets.

CAF President and Magogo’s friend Ahmad Ahmad was detained by the French police for questioning over allegations of corruption.

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