Mr. Arab and the former SFF president were competing in the presidential election of the country’s football governing body which was observed by top profile ministry of sport and Somali National Olympic committee officials.
As the first round of the election ended and the second
round was about to begin, the former President Ali Said Guled Roble told the
congress that he withdrew from his election adding he will accept the outcome
of the election.
However, the entire 28 stakeholders unanimously voted in
favour of Mr. Abdiqani Said Arab who will lead the Somali Football federation
for the next four years, as announced by the electoral committee chairman
Ibrahim Hussein Ali (Roombe)
The congress then started voting for three candidates who
were competing for two vice presidential posts and as announced by the
electoral committee Ali Abdi Mohamed collected 28 votes, while Abdullahi Sheik
Nur Ahmed accumulated 23 votes and Abdullahi Abow Hussein who got only 4 votes
Seven candidates competed for the 6 executive committee posts and they were elected as follows.
Yahye Mohamed Abokar 28 votes, Abdirashid Hussein Addow
25 votes, Osman Jama Dira’ 24 votes, Mustaf Elmi Afrah 23 votes, Hassan Moalim
Yusuf 22 votes, and Hiirey Ahmed Roble 19 votes, while Sharif Mohamed Abokar
was defeated with only 7 votes as announced by the electoral committee.
Electoral committee chairman Ibrahim Hussein Ali told the
media that the election was conducted in accordance with the Somali FA Status
and was free and fair exercise.
"The election was done in accordance with the SFF Status
and all members with voting rights have attended” he said declaring there were
no governmental interferances.
from Somali NOC and the ministry of sport
The deputy minister for youth and sports Osman Mohamed
Abdi and Somali National Olympic committee president Abdullahi Ahmed Tarabi who
were observing the election lauded for the result and promised greater
cooperation with the new Somali FA president Abdi Qani Said Arab and his
executive committee members.
Somali deputy minister for youth and sports Osman Mohamed
Abdi told the congress that his ministry was fully aware of the process for the
past several months and they had been receiving all updates about the election process
day by day.
"On behalf of the federal government of Somalia I would
like to congratulate the new Somali FA president and his executive committee
members, we are welcoming and respecting the results from the election which
was done in a free and fair process” the deputy minister said pledging to
develop close cooperation with the new president whom he said has came through
a democratic exercise.
For his part the president of Somali National Olympic
committee Abdullahi Ahmed Tarabi lauded for the election saying that the Somali
NOC accepted the result.
"What I have witnessed here was a democratic step forward
and on behalf of Somali NOC I remain to thank the SFF stakeholders for such
greater move forward” the president of Somali National Olympic committee
Abdullahi Ahmed Tarabi told the congress.
Somali Football Federation Media Department