Kenya will engage the World’s football governing body FIFA in bid to convince it to lift the ban, but only after streamlining the football sector in the country.
The Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amina Mohamed on Wednesday said she will only go back to FIFA to try convincing them to lift the ban only after making sure that the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) observes high standards and complies with both the Kenyan constitution and the Sports Act.
“We want to finish internally and complete this process before engaging with FIFA. If you have been following, FKF has serious accountability issues which have to be solved first,” CS Amina said.
Amina appointed an FKF Caretaker Committee in November 2021 to oversee the running of football in the country for a period of six months and with the committee’s mandate set to expire in May, its date is up in the air but the CS maintains the committee will fulfill its mandate.
“Three quarters of the federations in this country need to be fixed. Many of them don’t have governance structures and operate as briefcase parties then run to the government for monetary assistance,” she said.
Last Thursday during a congress held in Qatar capital of Doha, FIFA ratified Kenya’s suspension from all international football activities indefinitely, on grounds of meddling by government in football management.
FIFA has previously indicated that it wants the current impasse resolved, by among other conditions, reinstalling the FKF Secretariat before readmitting Kenya, but the current stand by CS Amina only indicates that Kenya will have to wait longer for the suspension to be lifted.