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Sunday 24 August 2014


The entire football fraternity is said to be eagerly awaiting the government’s decision on whether or not to dissolve the Football Kenya Federation over alleged underperformance of the Kenya National team Harambee Stars during international games.

Soccer supporters, players and referees are now threatening to move to court to challenge any attempt by the government to dissolve FKF saying it is not a government agency but a private entity.

The fear is that should the government dissolve FKF, the world soccer governing body Fifa is likely to ban soccer activities in the country. Already, the talk is for six years. It is against this background that soccer stakeholders led by players locally and in foreign countries, referees, coaches and soccer lovers are now against any attempt to dissolve FKF.

The national football branch officials met in Nairobi and agreed on the way forward at the same time giving a greenlight to Nyamweya-led office. Caf has also gone ahead to back the current office further complicating issues. Analysts say that with CAF’s backing Nyamweya, Fifa is also set to follow suit. When Nigerian government dissolved the country’s soccer body, it had to rescind the decision after seven days due to Fifa embargo. The national team international games and local leagues were not to be recognised and Nigerian upcoming players could not go for greener pastures.

Should the government dissolve FKF, Kenya will not be able to participate in local football as well as international soccer for six years and this will negatively impact on our players, referees and all those who earn their living directly from soccer activities.

Fifa is said to be keenly watching soccer events as they unfold in Kenya and is set to strike the very moment the government dissolves FKF. A ban from Fifa will also affect Kenya’s players in foreign league such as Dennis Oliech, MacDonald Mariga and Victor Wanyama among others.  With FKF dissolved, the same foreign players cannot be able even to transfer from one club to another since their transfers are usually approved by FKF officials.

Eyes are now on Sports Culture and Arts Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario who has been giving signals that he is considering dissolving FKF to bring on board a new caretaker committee to run soccer in the country. It has been whispered that Wario is working on a plot to bring on board people who were defeated by the Sam Nyamweya group during the FKF elections to be in charge of soccer activities. Among them is Hussein Mohammed.

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