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Football stakeholders’ response to FIFA letter of 25th March 2020 – The Electoral Process at the Football Kenya Federation



We, the football stakeholders in the Republic of Kenya, have fully welcomed the contents of a letter from FIFA which has annulled the ruling by the SDT which had acted beyond its cope to cancel the elections of FKF and requested FIFA to appoint a normalization committee.

The letter dated 25th March 2020, rightly points out that the SDT is not a “national arbitration tribunal in the sense of FIFA circular 1010 dated 20 December 2005” and that consequently “the relevant SDT ruling has no legal effect on FIFA.” This is something that a cursory study of the FKF and FIFA statutes by the Ohaga led SDT could and should have picked up.

Their failure to have done so is a clear indication of their lack of attention to detail, the result of which are the numerous wanting rulings that they have passed in the recent past.

In the same letter, FIFA rightly reinstates the National Executive Committee of FKF, again as per the FIFA and FKF statutes, and again an indicator of the lack of understanding of thee by the SDT. For a body charged with ensuring sanity and fair play in Kenyan Sports organizations, this pedestrian approach is, to say the least, alarming.

It is obvious that a vacuum can not exist if chaos is to be avoided and it is telling that Ohaga used this same logic when extending the term of office for NEC in his immediate previous ruling. One wonders what changed this time around.

Accordingly, we want to state as follows:-


1. That the undersigned stake football stakeholders, who include but are not limited to KPL, NSL, Div 1, Div 2 and County league clubs, Elected and aspiring office bearers, Referees, Players are in full support of this step taken by FIFA and grateful for FIFA’s intervention in saving the game form outside interference by people who hold no stake in the game and have nothing to lose with its demise in Kenya

2. That FIFA, having clearly exposed the glaring shortcomings by the Sports and by extension the SDT we urgently call upon the Legislature to immediately convene a process that will see the reform of this sports act so that it is in line with international standards.

3. FIFA has clearly said that the SDT’s rulings bear no legal effect on them, we quickly ask the relevant authorities to clearly spell out the way forward in future for such matters so as to avoid the confusion brought about by the current conditions. This would include giving clear and express exemption to Federations whose international obligations would put them at crossroads with the SDT and Sports act.

4. That it be emphasized to the relevant parties that failure to take said measures could easily result in the country facing a ban if all parties were to stand their grounds.

7. Inviting a meeting “of the SDT representative(s), the Minister of Sport and any other relevant stakeholders in order to find a way forward” is a most welcome move in charting the way forward. In this regard, we propose that no less than four of our representatives as stakeholders be part and parcel of that meeting, the names of which we shall furnish FIFA in due course.

From the aforementioned, we the stakeholders state as follows:-


1. While we welcome the FIFA gesture and invitation to a roundtable meeting with all the stakeholders, such a meeting must not be at the expense of day to day football operations in Kenya.

The status quo must stay in place to enable the smooth running of affairs until the elections are concluded.

2. The election process had been completed by 90%. It should then proceed, FIFA having found the electoral code was properly approved and implemented by the AGM and as such the election process was kosher. As FIFA has pointed out, the SDT themselves agreed on this point in their ruling and so we the stakeholders insist that the election process be allowed to conclude.

We are also of the opinion that enough time and energy have been spent on these elections, resources that would be better used to enhance the game on the pitch.

We are also wary of former administrators, well known to FIFA and Kenyans, who are trying to cause confusion in the sport in Kenya and urge that FIFA takes decisive and stern action on them, much in the same way it has dealt with the SDT issue.

We thank FIFA for their concern with the Kenyan game and look forward to fruitful future engagements

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KPL clubs wary of FIFA ban amid FKF Elections standoff



As the clock ticks towards the April 6, meeting between FIFA, the Sports Ministry and members of the Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT), Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs have expressed concern that disagreement could lead to a ban on the country.

The clubs want a quick resolution to the matter and have called for compliance with the FIFA directive.

The KPL clubs intimated that all football federations are obliged to follow the FIFA statute which gives them a right to participate in international and continental matches, enjoy financial and technical assistance including development programs.

“A ban will negatively impact on Kenya as we will be barred from taking part in international competitions,” they said.

This was by KPL clubs chairmen including Dan Shikanda, (AFC leopards), Elly Kalekwa (Sofapaka), Eric Oloo (Ulinzi Stars), John Tonui (Posta Rangers), Sebastian Ogola (Kenya Commercial Bank), Robert Maoga (Kariobangi Sharks), Ken Ochieng’ (Kericho Zoo), and Western Stima’s Laban Jobita.

“For sure FIFA will ban Kenya if we do not follow their directive. We have no choice but to do what they have asked for.

“That will not be the best thing for us at this time because we will have nothing to play for. Some officials do not care whether we are banned or not as they only concerned about their own interest,” said the 2009 KPL champions Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa

Kalekwa particularly expressed concern about the inability to sell players in case of a ban something he says will greatly impact club’s revenues.

Four times KPL champions Ulinzi Stars chairman Eric Oloo said:“In this case, the losers will be players who will lose out on any revenues as they are only guaranteed of getting revenue when we take part in competitions.”

The FKF Betway Cup quarter-finalists Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Football Club Chief Executive Officer, Sebastian Ogola said a FIFA ban will lead our football to the graveyard.

“Without international competitions, we will have nothing to judge ourselves with leading to low standards. We must rise above our personal interests and do what is good for our football,” he said.

For the 2018 FKF Sportpesa Shield champions Kariobangi Sharks chairman Robert Maoga, said the prospect of a FIFA ban cannot be entertained at this time as it will lead to lose of all investments made in the sport.

“We just want to continue playing football as we have invested a lot in young players and infrastructure. If we get banned, we will lose all these resources and worse, sponsors will run away,” he said.

Kariobangi Sharks recently signed a shirt sponsorship deal with betting company Betway.

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Retired Harambee Stars Players Plead with Govt to avert FIFA Ban



Kenya’s former International players have urged the Government to respect FIFA’s stand on Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections.

Speaking in the wake of a looming standoff between the Ministry of Sports and FIFA, the former internationals said the current active players will be the biggest losers in case of a ban, and not the officials caught up in the standoff

Among the former Internationals who backed the stance are former captain Musa Otieno, Peter Dawo, Fred Serenge, Maurice Sunguti, Antony Kimani, Benard Mwalala, Jeff Oyando, Nick Yakhama, Francis Onyiso, John Baraza, Hillary Echesa, James Nandwa, Jerim Onyango, Maurice Singuti, Julius Owino, Zedekiah Otieno, Edwin Nandwa, Tom Juma and Boniface Ambani.

The players instead called for an amicable conflict resolution initiative to the resolve stand-off to ensure that no one suffers and that players continue to earn a living.

Kenya’s former national football team Harambee Stars captain Musa Otieno pleaded with the Government to save Kenya from a possible Fifa ban by placing the first priority to the players’ interests and welfare.

“Some of those advocating for a ban, have other sources of income unlike the players’ football is their mainstay source of livelihood and it must be jealously protected. I stand with the players in this,” he said.

Otieno one of the most decorated Kenyan footballers added: “By virtue of having been a player, I know what it feels to be banned as I have experienced that scenario before in my playing heydays. It is not rosy but a bitter pill to swallow.

Otieno with 114 caps who featured for AFC Leopards and South African outfit Sanlam Santos said Kenya’s problems are not unique and called on dialogue by all parties to sitting down and iron them out for the sake of Kenya.

“It’s unreasonable to suggest that we put our house in order whilst serving a Fifa ban. That can be resolved as we are safely in Fifa’s ambit while our leagues and players are active for continuity,” he said.

According to former Harambee Stars and AFC Leopards forward Boniface Ambani, said the country is not ready for a ban.

“We have over 1,000 players spread out across various leagues in the country and they risk losing employment should we be banned by FIFA,” he warned.

Jerim Onyango a former long-serving captain of record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia said there’s need to adhere to FIFA’s directive to evade a possible ban which will stunt Kenya’s football growth.

FIFA, last week dismissed a ruling by the Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) to form a normalization committee instead insisting that the current officials of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) continue in office until outstanding matters are resolved.

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National Super League Clubs Demand for Adherence to FIFA’s Directive



The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Betika National Super League clubs have called for the adherence of the Fifa directive on FKF polls to save the league.

The club officials said the second-tier league was privileged for the first time in Kenya’s history to secure a sponsor due to stability and if the Fifa directive was not observed may result in football instability and the league may suffer with the disgruntled sponsor Betika walking out.


Betika Super League Governing Council Chairman Johnston Sakwa

Kibera All-Stars Secretary-General Daniel Magara called for adherence to Fifa’s directive insisting it will help instill confidence among the sponsors, more importantly, gaming firm Betika sponsors of the NSL.

“We have ten matches to go and this could be disrupted if the stalemate continues. We have had a good league, very competitive and the presence of a title sponsor has made it even more exciting,” said Magara.

Nairobi City Stars Chief Executive Officer and tv football analyst Patrick Korir said whatever decision taken by the government on this matter should strictly favor the game and not individual interests.

“For football to thrive, there has to be a conducive environment. Anyone following Kenyan football over the years should know that going to court to delay the electoral process has been a culture.

“However, our football is not in a crisis as some are claiming. This will pass but, in the meantime, we must be careful that whatever decisions we make at this time are not detrimental to the real stakeholder and that is the player,” said Korir.


Nairobi City Stars FC CEO Patrick Korir

 Other clubs that supported the statement are Administration Police, Coast Stima, Fortune Sacco, Kenya Police, Muranga Seal, Mount Kenya United, Shabana, Ushuru, Vihiga United, and Vihiga Bullets.

“For continuity purposes, we need to abide by Fifa’s directive and when all is stable ensure the electoral process is concluded and we move forward,” NSL club officials said in unison.

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