November 01, 2008
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Fiji Football Association president Doctor Muhammad Shamsud-din Sahu Khan will not buckle from opposing forces or disgruntled members of his fraternity.

The Ba-based lawyer did not mince his words this morning during the Fiji FA public forum in Suva when reiterating that he will  remain in the driver's seat as long as he holds the majority voice.

 “I will not step down from my position unless and until I am voted out by districts,” he said as he answered questions at the Saint Johns Ambulance conference room in Toorak, Suva this morning.

Close to 50 people attended the forum to express their grievances and seek clarifications and answers to their questions and doubts about the affairs of FFA under the leadership of Dr Sahu Khan for the past 20 years.

“I will not step down and will serve my country and the sport for as long as the district affiliates want me to remain as the president,” he added.

“I owe my responsibility, loyalty and allegiance to all the districts that have supported me fully in all these years.

“What do I do when the districts support and want me to remain in office?”
“If my members (district associations) want me to step down then I will do that with honor because they are the ones who are ruling the Fiji FA, not me or any of my other officials as our job is to ensure that we administer everything in compliance to FIFA statutes and ensure the sport runs smoothly in this country.”

Dr Sahu Khan chaired the forum which was also attended by FFA chief executive officer Bob Kumar, Vice Presidents Faiyaz Ali, Dr Hari Kewal and Sheik Ibrahim, finance committee chairman Sashi Bhindi, assistant secretary Jainendra Sukhu.

Prominent people from the soccer circles that were present included former Navua secretary Kamal Narayan who was a member of the disgruntled group that recently called for the removal of Dr Sahu Khan, former Suva executive Ashish Vinay Prasad, Rewa officials Pranil Singh and Shalen Sharma, Labasa team director Rup Nand and USP academic Shalendra Singh.

More on the forum to follow ...



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