Fifa Bans Kenyan Football

Fifa Bans Kenyan Football

The world governing body, Fifa has suspended Kenya after the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) was disbanded by the Kenyan government to run soccer affairs in the country.

FIFA suspended Kenya and Zimbabwe from international competitions on Thursday, February 24, 2022 for government interference in the running of their national soccer bodies.

Kenya was banned after its Sports minister Dr Amina Mohammed disbanded FKF accused the federation of corruption forming a Caretaker Committee to run football. Kenyan soccer president Nick Mwendwa was arraigned in court to face criminal charges.

Zimbabwe was banned after its government-run Sports and Recreation Commission refused to relinquish control of the Zimbabwe Football Association and reinstate the federation’s leadership. ZIFA officials were removed from office in November on allegations of corruption.

It means Zimbabwe and Kenya national teams and clubs can’t play in any international competitions. Funds from FIFA are also cut off.

The bans on the two African nations will be lifted if their governments allow the federations to operate normally again.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced the bans.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino: _“We had to suspend two of our member associations — Kenya and Zimbabwe. Both for government interference in the activities of the football associations of these associations. These associations are suspended from footballing activities with immediate effect and they know what needs to be done for them to be re-admitted or for the suspension to be lifted.”

The Fifa Council decided that the lifting of the .suspension be subject to the following conditions:

  • The repeal of the Cabinet Secretary’s decision of 11 November 2021 appointing the caretaker

committee in lieu of the elected FKF Executive Committee

  • FIFA’s receipt of confirmation from the FKF and its management, led by Vice-President Doris

Petra and General Secretary Barry Otieno, that the FKF and its premises are once more under their full and unconditional control.

Consequently, and in accordance with article 13 of the FIFA Statutes, FKF loses all its membership rights as of 24 February 2022 until further notice. FKF representative and club teams are therefore no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.

This also means that neither the FKF nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any development programmes, courses or training from FIFA and/or CAF.

Finally, notwithstanding this suspension imposed on the FKF and in line with FIFA zero-tolerance policy towards corruption and any other unethical conduct, FIFA reiterates its  commitment to cooperating with any ongoing investigations regarding FKF officials