January 24, 2022

FIFA issues suspension warning to Kenya

By Allan Damba
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Kenya Harambee Stars | Capital FM Kenya Photo

The World’s football governing body, FIFA has forewarned Kenya that they risk suspension after the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Executive Board was disbanded by the Government, with a Caretaker Committee placed in charge.

The ugly events in the Kenyan Soccer circles also saw the arrest of the FKF President Nick Mwendwa on allegations of fraud and corruption, although, he was released on bail by Monday.

The developments involving government interference in football matters have since spurred reactions from the Zurich based body.

“All FIFA member associations, including the FKF, are statutorily required to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence of any third parties,” Kenny Jean-Marie, the Chief Member Associations Officer wrote.

“Any failure to these obligations may lead to sanctions provided for in the FIFA statutes, even if the third party influence was not the fault of the member association concerned.”

“We consider that the aforementioned decision by the Cabinet Secretary to appoint a FKF Caretaker Committee in lieu of the elected FKF Executive Committee is undoubtedly contrary to the above principles.”

“Should this be considered as undue Government interference in the internal affairs of the FKF, it could lead to a ban imposed on the FKF by the competent FIFA body,” he noted.

As per reports in Kenya, the FIFA official also offered to hold a meeting with the Ministry of Sports and the FKF to address concerns.

A letter was as well reportedly sent by FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, urging the FKF Executive Committee to be instated.

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