FIFA threatened to ban Kenya from all football events, the second time in 2 days, amid claims of government interference.
FIFA has threatened to ban Kenya from all football activities for the second time in two days, after reports of government meddling in game administration.
Fifa Secretary General Fatma Samoura also offered an olive branch in a letter to Kenya’s Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, offering ‘urgent’ dialogue to settle the problem.
“Fifa recognizes the critical role your office plays in ensuring that sporting bodies in Kenya comply with relevant obligations,” Samoura, regarded as football’s most prominent female delegate, said.
Samoura also requested Amina to re-establish the Football Kenya Federation’s National Executive Committee, which had been abolished (NEC).
Amina’s decision to form a caretaker committee last week to administer the game’s affairs in the meantime, according to Samoura, is unlawful.
Aaron Ringera, a retired justice, chairs the committee.
“I was made aware of the establishment of a so-called caretaker committee, as well as its secretariat, in place of the FKF NEC.” This appointment, I must emphasize, is counter to our ideals, according to which all of our member groups are encouraged to run their business freely.
“As a result of the issue, Fifa may decide to ban FKF.”
Samoura, who recently visited Kenya but did not meet any government officials publicly, has also volunteered to electronically meet Amina in an attempt to ‘normalize’ the situation.
Samoura’s letter comes two days after FIFA, in a separate letter from Kenny Jean Marie, the president of football associations, voiced worry over Amina’s decision to dissolve the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and establish a caretaker committee.
Authorities have subsequently detained FKF president Nick Mwendwa on suspicions of misuse of public office and embezzlement of finances, and he is due in court on Monday.