NEWLY LAUNCHED WOMEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE MAY LAND SUDANESE OFFICIALS IN FIFA TROUBLE

NEWLY LAUNCHED WOMEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE MAY LAND SUDANESE OFFICIALS IN FIFA TROUBLE

The first ever women’s football league has just been launched in Sudan.

The positive development may however get three top officials of the Sudan Football Association (SFA) into trouble with the Investigative Chamber of FIFA.

Before the launch of the women’s football in Sudan last Monday, the SFA had allegedly claimed it yearly spend FIFA grant on a non-existing women’s football competition.

The claim is one of the reasons one Hassan Mohamed Alkoubani had filed a petition since last year to the Investigative Chamber of FIFA. 

In the petition dated 23 September 2018, three officials, including the President of SFA, Dr. Kamal Shaddad, were accused of forgery and falsification of information in a questionnaire submitted to FIFA.

Rayan Ibrahim Rajab, a 22-year-old footballer, rests on an astro-turf pitch during a training with her Tahadi women’s football club in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.   –  GETTY IMAGES

The others accused in the petition are Dr. Hassan Abu Gabal, the General Secretary and Mazen Abu Sin, the SFA official in charge of FIFA communications at the SFA. 

The most cogent of the allegations against the trio was that $50,000 was reportedly spent yearly on domestic women’s football competition.

The petitioner quoted the claims by the SFA as published in page 104 of FIFA’s “Global Club Football Report 2018” which states that the SFA was organizing women’s top-tier competition with nine clubs participating and featuring promotion and relegation and played during calendar year season that runs from January to September.

According to the petitioner, “this statement is also forged and merely a series of lies in its entirety, simply because there are no women’s clubs affiliated to Sudan Football Association (SFA) or female players registered and even no women’s football match ever played during its long history (SFA was founded in 1936 and affiliated to FIFA in 1948).”

So on this, the petitioner averred that the three officials of the SFA “knowingly and deliberately submitted a false statement regarding the staging of women’s top-tier competition.

“There is no doubt that the statement’s purpose can have for the effect to establish the proof of a right to receive undue payment of US$50,000 per annum allocated under FIFA Forward Program for Women’s Domestic Competitions.”

The petitioner named 11 football-related personnel in Sudan as witnesses that the FIFA Investigative Chamber can be contacted by either videoconference or by telephone. 

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