Suspended Addo puts on brave face

By Vision Reporter

CECAFA president Farah Addo said on Wednesday he was not shaken by his two-year ban by FIFA, adding that life will be the same with or without his involvement in soccer activities.

By Reuben Olita
in Nairobi

CECAFA president Farah Addo said on Wednesday he was not shaken by his two-year ban by FIFA, adding that life will be the same with or without his involvement in soccer activities.

In a dispatch from Cairo to his secretary, Nicholas Musonye in Nairobi, Addo, also a CAF vice-president, said he had taken his suspension as a man but was not sure whether he will appeal against the suspension.

The Somali national said he would still serve football in another capacity despite the ban.
The two-year ban effectively ends Addo’s reign as CAF vice president and CECAFA president.

He, however, failed to indicate whether he was guilty of the circumstances surrounding his ban.
Addo was handed a two-year ban from soccer activity following comments he made against FIFA president Sepp Blatter last year citing "irregular financial practices that were intended to assist Blatter’s election.”

Kenya Football Federation yesterday welcomed Addo’s ban with secretary Hussein Swaleh saying it was long overdue.

“That is what we wanted to do on March 14 during the CECAFA congress in Nairobi. Our work has now been simplified,” he said.
“We are waiting to endorse the FIFA decision. He never helped the regional soccer body especially his native Somalia where there is nothing to talk about.

“CECAFA had also been mismanaged during his tenure.”
However, Musonye warned federations which were quick to back the FIFA move on Addo saying things might backfire on them.

“We must have some courtesy and sympathy for the 64-year old man,” Musonye said.

Suspended Addo puts on brave face