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Kenyan Football

FIFA to Ratify Kenya’s Suspension From All Football Activities on Thursday

The world’s football governing body (FIFA) is set to ratify Kenya’s suspension from all football-related activities over what it terms as meddling by government in football affairs.

The ratification is set to take place on Thursday, March 31 during a FIFA congress meeting in Qatar, just a month after Kenya was suspended in the wake of the tribulations that marred the now moribund Football Kenya Federation (FKF).

During a council meeting on February 24, Fifa president Gianni Infantino revealed that the body had temporarily suspended both Kenya and Zimbabwe due to third party interference which is against the FIFA statutes.

“…The Fifa Council decided to suspend the FKF with immediate effect due to flagrant violations of the FIFA Statutes,” Infantino said.

Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed however lashed out at FIFA, accusing it of trying to stifle efforts by the Kenyan government in cleaning up the sport.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino (L) and Sports CS Amina Mohamed. PHOTO/Courtesy

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 hard-hitting statement on February 26.

In the statement Amina argued 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 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.

It remains unclear the length of the suspension or ban that Kenya will be served as the impasse continues.

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