Football stakeholders’ meeting should find lasting solution to Kenyan football crisis

Published on 05/02/2009

Yesterday, for the umpteenth time, Fifa representatives were in the country to resolve the wrangles that have become synonymous with Kenyan football administration.

The meeting, hosted by Sports Minister Helen Sambili, came after her visit to Fifa headquarters. But even before yesterday, there were already dissenting views and differences regarding who is supposed to attend and what is to be discussed.

From correspondence sent by Fifa, they seem to have taken a hard-line stance on the matter, especially regarding Kenya Football Federation (KFF) representation. We hope that despite this, the meeting can come up with a lasting solution to the retrogressive football squabbles.

The World Cup qualifiers are just around the corner. The team should have been in camp and officials laying strategies on how to achieve better results. A Fifa ban looms on the country should the talks collapse. As usual, it is the innocent players who will suffer as the officials go back to their businesses.

The country’s football standards are low. The 5-0 drubbing of Gor Mahia by Rwanda’s APR and Mathare United’s 2-0 loss to Zambia’s Zesco in the continental competitions all point to the rot in local football management. These clubs now face an uphill task in their return leg matches.

We hope that this is the last time Fifa visits Kenya to resolve wrangles. Future visits should be to discuss development issues and not put out fires. Our administrators must also love the game and put aside selfish interests and save Kenya from this acrimony.

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