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Blow To Kenya As FIFA Confirms Indefinite Suspension

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Kenya’s chances of having its suspension from all international football activities indefinitely by the World Football Governing Body FIFA lifted were evaporated.

FIFA had approved the suspension on Thursday, March 31 during the Fifa Congress in Doha, Qatar.

198 members voted in support of the ban while two countries voted against it.

A FIFA flag flies high. /FILE

The move by the FIFA Congress allows the council to rescind the suspension once Kenya meets the demands set by the football governing body.

Kenya’s suspension was confirmed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino during a live press conference after a council meeting on Thursday evening, February 24.

“They (Kenya and Zimbabwe) know what they need to do to end this…” Infantino said partly after confirming the development. 

The ban on Kenya was a matter its citizens saw coming after the government through the Ministry of Sport disbanded the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and installed a Caretaker Committee to run football affairs in the country. 

The effects were felt thereafter as Harambee Starlets failed to get clearance from CAF to face their Ugandan counterparts in a crucial AWCON qualifier. 

The ban means no Kenyan team can play in FIFA-recognised matches and Kenyan players cannot move abroad as well. 

FIFA had issued an ultimatum to Sports CS Amina Mohamed to reinstate the FKF officials that were sent packing after she disbanded it.

In its second letter over the matter dated Sunday, November 14, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura called upon the CS to convene urgent discussions with the Ministry to avert possible consequences.

“Going forward, without prejudice to the allegations that have been raised and any potential trial for offences that may have been committed, FIFA and CAF are asking you to consider the reinstatement of the FKF Executive Committee as prior thereto,” the letter by Samoura, considered the most powerful woman delegate in football, read in part.

Retired Justice Aaron Ringera and renowned journalist Linda Oguttu were appointed to head the Caretaker Committee.

KTN News anchor Linda Oguttu. /FILE

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