FIFA asks Kenya to reinstate Nick Mwendwa's FKF Team

Football Kenya President Nick Mwendwa and his CEO Barry Otieno outside The Goal Project in Kasarani after they were locked out following the Sports CS Amina Mohamed directives to disband the football body on November 11, 2021. [Kelly Ayodi/Standard]

Fifa has asked the Kenyan government to reinstate Football Kenya Federation (FKF) office led by embattled FKF President Nick Mwendwa.

In a letter addressed to Sports CS Amina Mohamed on Sunday, FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura asked the CS to reinstate all suspended FKF officials and have the issue solved amicably.

 “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,” read part of the letter from Fifa.

“Fifa and Caf administrators are prepared to work closely with the FKF and your office representatives – as it has already been the case in the recent past – to normalize the situation. I am convinced that our common efforts together with your trust will guarantee a successful outcome for Kenyan football.

Fifa further called for urgent discussions through a video conference with CS Amina and her team to avoid further consequences.

 “Against this background, I call on your understanding of the matter at stake to reconsider your position in the light of our aforementioned principles so as to make sure the latter are respected with regard to the situation at the FKF,” the statement added.

“As a matter of fact, I am receptive to the need of a common discussion through a video conference call that we may organize without further ado, My collaborators will contact your office accordingly to settle the logistical details as soon as possible.”

The international body further castigated the decision by the government to appoint a caretaker committee with a full secretariat.

 “In the meantime, I have been made aware of the appointment by your office of the so-called “caretaker committee”, together with its own secretariat, in lieu of the elected FKF executive committee whose President has been arrested,” the statement added.

“Furthermore, I have been informed that the FKF premises currently seem to be no longer under control of the FKF General Secretary and football competitions under the umbrella of the FKF have apparently been suspended for a two-week period.

“Fifa understands the important role of your office in ensuring that sports bodies in Kenya comply with the relevant applicable national laws.

“As a matter of fact, Fifa did attempt to understand the situation presented to its administration at the end of 2019, taking into account the role of the Sports Registrar in view of the Sports Act.

“In this respect, Fifa has always kept an open-door policy to discuss any issue or concern that may affect football at national level.

“I must highlight that the appointment of the so-called “caretaker committee” by your office is undoubtedly contrary to our principles according to which all of our member associations, including FKF, are required to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence of any third parties.

“The situation could, therefore, potentially lead to a suspension of the FKF by Fifa and in such a case, it would be all of Kenyan football that would suffer the consequences.”

On Friday afternoon, detectives from the serious crimes unit of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations nabbed Mwendwa as he attempted to visit the Harambee Stars in their camp at Nairobi hotel and whisked him to Kiambu Road for questioning before locking him up overnight at Gigiri Police Station.


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