CONCACAF ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING NEWS REPORTS ABOUT NEWLY NAMED SKNFA TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
ST KITTS, February 4, 2022 – CONCACAF is distancing itself from a statement by the St Kitts and Nevis Football Association that it was consulted in relation to the hiring process of Mr Ahmed Mohamed as Technical Director of the SKNFA.”In this respect we want to unequivocally reaffirm and stress, as we have done in recent days, that no one in Concacaf administration was or has been consulted in relation to the engagement of Mr Mohamed with the SKNFA,” Concacaf said in a statement.Concacaf General Secretary Philippe Moggio said Concacaf “takes the allegations against Mr Mohamed extremely seriously and have a duly noted that FIFA will look into the matter.”Thursday, the St Kitts and Nevis Football Association (SKNFA) responded to international reports that FIFA is requesting “more details about the appointment of a coach accused of sexually abusing and harassing female players in Barbados after it was suggested that he was given “positive recommendations” to take over as director of football in St Kitts and Nevis by the president of the Barbados Football Association.”The SKNFA wishes its stakeholders and the general public to know that FIFA has not contacted the SKNFA to investigate any of the allegations contained in the said [Guardian] article,” the SKNFA said in a statement dated 3rd February 2022.The SKNFA said prior to hiring Mr Ahmed Mohamed as the SKNFA’s Director of Football the SKNFA conducted a serious and fulsome due diligence exercise involving consultations with members of the Barbados Football Association, CONCACAF and other persons who knew Mr Mohamed personally. The SKNFA was, and remains, fully satisfied that Mr Mohamed is of good character – the allegations made against him being false – and he has the requisite technical ability to perform his functions to take SKNFA football to higher levels,” said the statement.It said the SKNFA acknowledges the “seriousness of the allegations referenced in the article, but we are of the firm belief that the article was maliciously contrived by a certain faction of persons who wish to tarnish the good name of of the SKNFA and our recently appointed Director of Football.”The SKNFA said it will continue to “create an environment, where our players, male and female, can achieve their maximum potential in a safe, fun and professional environment.”The United Kingdom Guardian newspaper and several international reports Ahmed Mohamed, a former Somalia defender who has managed Barbados and the British Virgin Islands, was appointed by Atiba Harris – the president of the SKNFA – in September. According to Harris, Mohamed stepped down as technical director of the BFA last year for “family reasons” and was chosen after Harris “reached out personally” to the BFA president, Randy Harris, who is the president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and a vice-president of Concacaf.
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