Ida Odinga calls for truce in Kenya football management

Ida Odinga with Twaha Mbarak [photo courtesy]

Ida Odinga has called for truce in bid to end the leadership wrangles facing Kenyan football

Speaking after meeting Football Kenya Federation Presidential aspirant  Twaha Mbarak, Ida said stand-off in the leadership of football in the country must stop for the sake of the future of our players, coaches and referees.

“It is disappointing to see our talents and hard work go nowhere because of politics. Our women national team was recently barred from competing in the qualification matches for the African Cup of Nations owing to a stand-off involving World governing body Fifa.”

“We need to end this very first. The relevant authorities should ensure the situation is normalized as soon as possible for the sake of national football,” said Ida.

Fifa suspended Kenya from all international competitions for government interference two months ago.

The suspension was announced three months after Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed disbanded the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) on allegations of financial impropriety. Fifa has termed the move illegal and called on the CS to reinstate the embattled football officials.

The decision affected the women national team namely Harambee Starlets, whose Africa Nations Cup qualification match versus Uganda was called off in January.

Harambee Stars will likely also miss out on the 2023 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers which begin in June as a result of Fifa’s penalty.

Amina placed a caretaker committee, led by retired judge Justice Ringera.