Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Farrah Addo, controversial Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) chair, retires from the regional post 15 May to pursue political interests in his native Somalia, informed sources said.
Addo, who was sanctioned by world soccer governing body after accusing FIFA President Sepp Blatter of financial mismanagement, said his decision to quit the regional body has nothing to do with his problems with FIFA.
FIFA angered by his claims that Blatter bribed his way to the federation's presidency in 1998, slapped a two-year ban on the Somali citizen and kicked him out of the world soccer body's referees' committee.
FIFA said Addo had failed to substantiate the damaging claims he made last year just before the FIFA presidential elections in Korea, where Blatter was re-elected president beating his sole challenger, Issa Hayatou, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) President.
But Addo retained the CAF vice-presidency as well as the leadership of the Somalia Football Federation and chairmanship of the National Olympic Committee.
His decision to step down has been endorsed by the CECAFA Special General Assembly in Nairobi.