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Fifa Threatens To Ban Kenya From Football Activities

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World Football Governing Fifa has threatened to ban Kenya from football activities after Government disbanded the federation and created a caretaker committee.

In a letter dated November 11, 2021, FIFA threatened to ban Kenya over what it termed as government interference with internal affairs of FKF.

On Thursday Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amina Mohammed constituted an interim body to take charge of the federation’s functions as it organizes fresh elections.

The caretaker committee was pit in palce after an inspection ordered by the Sports CS was done and its report was handed to the minister on Thursday.

Football Kenya federation rejected the report saying that the CS has over surpassed her mandate saying that they will conduct the affairs of sports in the country.

Retired Judge Aaron Ringera will lead the committee that has Former Gor Mahia and Current Police Coach Bobby Ogola , Joseph Masiga , Fatma Adan, Philip Musyimi, Anthony Isayi, Elisha Kiplagat, Hassan Haji, Fredrick Tureisa, Mwangi Muthee, Neddy Atieno, Ali Amour, Titus Kasuve, as well as Moses Oyugi, and Richard Omwela as members.

Below is the communiqué from Fifa

We refer to the press statement delivered today by the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Sports of Kenya, Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed, according to which it was explained that an inspection of the FKF was undertaken in the past few weeks by the Registrar of Sports under the Cabinet Secretary’s directive, pursuant to Kenyan sports law, following “an extended deterioration of the state of football management in Kenya”.

As a result, it is understood that a report was delivered to the Cabinet Secretary and was referring to a list of recommendations.

Based on the aforementioned, we take note that the Cabinet Secretary decided today to appoint a FKF Caretaker Committee composed of 15 members, and accompanied by a secretariat of 12 individuals, for a period of six months with the following mandate:

(i) To conduct FKF’s affairs;

(ii) To ensure FKF’s compliance with 2013 Kenyan Sports Act;

(iii) To coordinate and ensure running of FKF’s operations, including team preparations of local and international sporting events;

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(iv) To coordinate FKF elections based on 2013 Kenyan Sports Act and Sports Registrar’s Regulations; (v) And finally to hand over FKF to the newly elected officials.

First and foremost, we would like to address our concern with respect to the abrupt announcement of the aforementioned decision taken by the Cabinet Secretary.

As a matter of fact, we deem fit to highlight that all FIFA member associations, including the FKF, are statutorily required to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence of any third parties (cf. art. 14 par. 1 lit. i) and art. 19 para. 1 of FIFA Statutes).

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 (cf. art. 14 par. 3 of the FIFA Statutes).

In esse, 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.

In such a case, all of Kenyan football would suffer the consequences, and not just the individuals directly involved in the undue interference.

In actuality, it is up to FIFA alone, on the basis of serious and well-founded information as well as under exceptional circumstances, to order the dismissal of executive bodies of member associations followed by the appointment of a normalization committee (cf. art. 8 par. 2 of FIFA Statutes).

Therefore, we kindly ask you to inform the Cabinet Secretary that in the event her decision to appoint a FKF Caretaker Committee and correlated secretariat was to be upheld, we would have no other choice than to submit the present matter to the Bureau of FIFA Council for consideration and decision.

Finally, and as referred to in the Cabinet Secretary’s letter of 18 October 2021, we would like to emphasize on our willingness to hold a meeting with the FKF and the Ministry of Sport as soon as possible so as to address any concern both sides may have and, all together, to decide on a way forward for the sake of Kenyan football.

We thank you for taking note of the above and kindly ask you to communicate the contents of this letter to the competent authorities.

FIFA

Kenny Jean-Marie

Chief Member Associations Officer

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