221 days later, Kenya still suspended by Fifa

Friday, September 30th, 2022 08:30 | By
Outgoing Sports CS Amina Mohamed (centre) as she received the recommendations at Kasarani yesterday. PD/ ALEX NJUE
Former Sports CS Amina Mohamed address Football Kenya Federation transion Committee and Sports Editors at Kasarani Stadium in a meeting to deliberate on gains made in Kenyan Football after disbandment of former regime on September 29, 2022. Photo/Sportpicha
Outgoing Sports CS Amina Mohamed (centre) as she received the recommendations at Kasarani yesterday. PD/ ALEX NJUE

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Transition Committee, an extension of the initial Caretaker Committee yesterday presented a raft of recommendations to outgoing Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, ahead of the ushering in of new CS Ababu Namwamba.

The Committee which was appointed by Amina on May 13, to extend the work of the initial Caretaker Committee that was appointed on November 11 to run all football activities in the country following the disbandment of the local federation for alleged misuse of funds, issued 12-point recommendations that they believe would steer the country’s football to the right direction as they prepare to publish their final report on October 15 when their term lapses.

“Football in Kenya has been afflicted by a number of problems caused by mismanagement and legendary poor administration. A document prepared by the FKF Caretaker and Transition Committee titled ‘58 Years of Confusion’ traces in detail the history of upheaval within FKF,” said Maurice Oyuga, the Transition Committee chairman.

He added: “In accordance with the provisions of Section 54 (1) of the Sports Act, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Sports duly ousted the NEC and soon thereafter appointed the Caretaker Committee to vide Gazette Notice No. 12734 dated November 12, 2012, to serve for a term of 6 months.”

Among some of the key recommendations by the committee are that the FKF constitution is amended to comply with the Constitution of Kenya and the Sports Act and elections of the new FKF officials be conducted in compliance with the Constitution of Kenya, the Sports Act and the new FKF Constitution.

They also recommended that FKF hand over the running of leagues to a limited company for the efficient and effective running of the leagues and that FKF adopt a more transparent and accountable governance system that involves the disclosure of sources of funding from Fifa, donors and government.

However, apart from the recommendations, the committee doesn’t seem to have achieved most of its mandates as the country is still suspended by the world football governing body Fifa, there is now a new FKF constitution in place and the country has missed massively during the 221 days the committee has been in charge, including Harambee Starlets missing taking part at the Women Africa Cup of Nations and a chance to feature at the World Cup, Harambee Stars missing out of the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, losing seven sponsors, missing out on more than Sh150 million Fifa grants and a joint bid for hosting Afcon among others.

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