South Sudan

Juba High Court drops charges against former SSFA President, Chabur

Mr. Chabur Goc Alei addressing press after Court ruling in Juba (Photo: Joseph Pitia)

The final verdict on Mr. Chabur Goc Alei’s alleged case of miss-handling South Sudan Football Association’s funds send by FIFA, CAF and government during his tenure, has been suspended by the Juba High Court on Friday 15th May, 2020.

Mr. Chabur had also been accused of being still in possession of Association’s car and documents of the plot, where the SSFA headquarters is. Though, all these charges have been suspended by the Court.

“I’m happy with the outcome of the Court. I believe from the very beginning, this thing was just for destroying my name and I told them from the beginning we don’t need to come to the Court”

“Because what we believe, our issues as footballers, we should not bring them to the local Court here, since we have the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. This is where all the sports people go there and claim what they want”. Mr. Chabur told the press after the ruling.

South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) opened the case against the former Boss, just a day after FIFA announced his ban for ten years from all football related activities on 24th May, 2019.

Following findings by FIFA’s Adjudicatory Chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee on Chabur stealing grant money, offering bribes and accepting gifts.

The first ever elected SSFA President was also fined CHF500,000 ($497,000) which he claimed to have appealed against.

“I’m innocent and I appealed to the Court of Arbitration, so we are waiting now also the result and I believe the result will be the same like here”. Goc confirmed.

On their part, SSFA Secretary General Mr. Anthony John expressed dissatisfaction with the Court decision and assured that the Association will appeal the ruling.

“We are not happy with the decision taken against the former President concerning the issue of the funds, FIFA funds, CAF funds and South Sudan government funds. We realized that the decision focused only on FIFA money which already he is being charged of”.

Alei’s ban was one of the embarrassment for African football governance by then, amid unconfirmed reports that the President of the Confederation of African Football, Ahmad, was also being probed by FIFA.

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