Fifa’s threat to suspend Kenya again

Published on 29/01/2009

By Gilbert Wandera

World football ruling body Fifa made a thinly-veiled threat to suspend Kenya again should the proposed February 5 meeting fail.

Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said in his letter to the Minister for Sport that a meeting between representatives of FKL, Fifa, KFF and CAF will be held on February 5 in Nairobi to “enable for a proper dissolution of KFF”.

In the letter, Valcke appeared to seal the fate of Kenya Football Federation (KFF) with a call for its immediate dissolution.

Valcke said in the letter that they fully recognise Football Kenya Limited (FKL) as the body to manage football in the country.

He insisted that no KFF official allegedly suspended at a meeting in Malindi on April 15, 2007, will be allowed to attend the February 5 meeting.

But the Fifa official does not make any reference to a reconciliation committee made of different representatives as announced by Sports Minister Hellen Sambili after her visit to Zurich last week.

KFF chairman Sam Nyamweya termed the letter as a side show, adding that they are focusing on the road map by the minister last weekend.

An interesting rider in the letter is a threat to suspend Kenya should next month’s meeting fail to come up with a positive resolution.

“We hope to submit a positive report on the matter to the Fifa executive committee meeting on March 19-20,” says the Secretary General. It is this committee that is responsible for the suspension of errant associations.

The Fifa official said after the scheduled meeting, they will demand for the hand-over of the goal project that was taken over by KFF officials last month.

In defending, FKL the Fifa official argues that only its officials have been duly elected as required by their statutes.

“As for the KFF we will never recognise them because their election and subsequent registration was done at the behest of government and political interference,” says part of the letter.

The letter from Fifa comes one week after Sambili met with Sepp Blatter in Zurich in a bid to end wrangles in local football.

Meeting with blatter

During the meeting, Sambili insisted on meeting with Blatter and his senior staff only and not Football Kenya Limited (FKL) officials.

After the meeting, Sambili announced that a decision had been reached to form an all-inclusive committee to resolve the wrangles.

But it later emerged that this had not been agreed upon. A meeting bringing together those fighting would be held, it was said.

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