Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has lashed out at FIFA for suspending Kenya from international football activities in what the world’s football governing body termed as meddling by government in football matters.
In a punching statement released on Saturday, February 26, less than 48 hours after it became known that Kenya has been suspended, CS Amina accused FIFA of trying to stifle efforts by the Kenyan government in cleaning up the sport.
“Fifa does not relate to governments and stakeholders. It considers them a nuisance. FIFA, however, still expects the same governments and stakeholders to fund football with no transparency and/or accountability in total disregard for national laws, institutions, values and practices,” Amina said in a statement.
Amina argues that football was headed to the dogs under her watch due to mismanagement and rampant corruption at the federation, which led to cries from the citizenry.
The Sports CS says they tried to reach a solution by all means which included making trios to FIFA headquarters in Zurich but none bore fruit.
“The Government has a responsibility to its citizenry to act in the public interest at all times. We tried on many occasions to bring the matter which had festered for long to the attention of FIFA with no success as well. It seemed to us at times that FIFA and FKF were reading from the same book,” added Amina.
Amina has however pledged to work with FIFA to save the Kenyan game, calling on the world’s football governing body to reinforce their efforts of bringing sanity into the game in Kenya instead of antagonizing them.
“We expected FIFA to take notice of all the positive developments taking place, allow us to carry on with our legally prescribed mandate to put our own house in order and then work with us on normalization and fresh elections. We intend at the same time to engage FIFA as we have continued doing over the last three and a half months,” she said.
Kenya was suspended indefinitely with FIFA saying that the the sanctions will only be lifted if Kenya puts her house in order; this implying that the country has to do away with the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Caretaker Committee and reinstate FKF with its secretariat.
“We have our statues and we expect countries to abide by it. We want to work with the government but there’s always a line, it must be respected. They know what needs to be done for them to be readmitted or for their suspensions to be lifted,” said the FIFA president Gianni Infantino.