Fifa gives conditions

Published on 06/02/2009

By Feverpitch Team

Kenya Football Federation (KFF) must start winding up. Its officials should apologise to their rivals in the new outfit, Football Kenya Limited (FKL) to be brought on board the new body.

FKL must conduct elections in 12 months, not 18 as they had planned. The Fifa Goal Project must revert to FKL by February 13.

These are the conditions world football ruling body set out during the reconciliation meeting held at the Sports Minister’s Office on Thursday.

But the Government said for KFF to close shop, it must follow its statutes, a source who attended reconciliation meeting told us.

Sports Minister Helen Sambili talks to the Press before the Thursday meeting started. Nothing concrete came out of the meeting. Photo: Jonah Onyango/Standard

“The officials asked FKL to consider holding their elections in 12 months instead of 18 as they had earlier announced,” said the source who did want to be named because he was not authorised to comment.

The source, however, took issue with Fifa and accused its representatives of having come to the meeting with a fixed mind.

“The position of Government is that if KFF is to dissolve, then they must follow due process. There can be no short-cut,” he added.

He accused the two Fifa officials — Director of Members Associations and Development Division Therry Regenau and Fabienne Frei, Head of Legal Department, who attended the meeting, of having a fixed mind.

“They seemed to suggest that we either take it or leave it, but this is not the way to go. We are committed to finding a lasting solution that is homegrown,” added our source.

He said it had also become clear during Thursday’s meeting that Fifa officials had been misled by one of the parties.

“It was very clear that Fifa were working with wrong information given out by FKL. This was pointed out clearly by the KFF representative,” he said. Mohammed Hatimy, who represented FKL and Lodvick Aduda, who appeared on KFF’s behalf, declined to comment.

Bidco Oil Chief Executive Vimal Shah chaired the talks.

“We were instructed not to talk to the press about what happened in the meeting,” they said.

The meetings between the two parties could continue next week as the government was still consulting on the way forward.

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