US Sanctions on FUFA boss Magogo raise concerns on future of Ugandan football

Eng Moses Magogo Hassim, the President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA)

Kampala, (UG):- The US government Thursday announced stringent sanctions on Eng Moses Magogo Hassim, the President of Uganda’s Football Federation (FUFA), citing his close ties with Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, who has been accused of embezzling public funds. 

The sanctions, which include a visa ban and entry restrictions into the United States, have sparked fears about the future governance and administration of football in Uganda.

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According to a statement released by the US government, Magogo’s relationship with Among, who has been sanctioned for her involvement in significant corruption, has led to concerns about his ability to uphold ethical standards in football administration. 

The sanctions have raised questions about Magogo’s ability to represent Uganda in international football forums and secure funding and partnerships for the sport.

This development is the latest in a series of challenges facing Ugandan football, which has been grappling with issues of corruption, mismanagement, and lack of funding. 

In 2019, Magogo was suspended for two months by FIFA, the world governing body, after he was implicated in the illegal resale of 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets.

The sanctions have raised concerns about the country’s ability to host international football events and its commitment to upholding ethical standards in sports administration.

The US government’s sanctions against Magogo and other Ugandan officials, including Anita Among, Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu, and three former government ministers, are aimed at combating corruption and human rights abuses in the country. 

The sanctions are seen as a strong message from the US government, emphasizing the need for accountability and transparency in governance and administration.

The Impact of the sanctions on Ugandan football remains to be seen, but many are concerned about the potential consequences for the sport, which has been struggling to develop in the country. As the governing body, FUFA faces uncertainty, the future of football in Uganda hangs in the balance.

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