All Football Activities in the Country Suspended

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    Tusker FC After Being Crowned Champions of the Kenya Premier League in of the 2020-2021 Season.
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  • Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Caretaker Committee has suspended all football activities across the country with immediate effect.

    Justice Aaron Ringera-led the caretaker committee, through a press statement, released Friday, November 12, stated that all top-tier football activities will be suspended with immediate effect.

    This follows a deliberation made by the committee after their appointment into office by Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Amina Mohamed.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Sports CS Amina Mohammed in a previous briefing.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Sports CS Amina Mohammed in a previous briefing.
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    The decision is part of the clean-up exercise to streamline activities at the scandal-ridden FKF that was disbanded on Thursday, November 11.

    The suspended activities include the FKF Premier League, FKF National Super League, FKF Division One, FKF Women's Premier League, and FKF Women's Division 1 League.

    The Committee is expected to engage with the clubs and other football stakeholders before making further recommendations.

    However, leagues running under the branches and sub branches will continue as normal.

    "We wish to reassure all lovers of Kenyan football that the committee will ensure smooth operations of all football activities across the country and beyond," the committee noted.

    The committee was tasked with conducting all the affairs of FKF in accordance with its constitution, coordinating and ensuring the smooth running of FKF’s operations including team preparations of all local and international sporting events, coordinating elections of FKF in accordance with the Sports Act, and the Sports Registrar’s regulations and then Hand over FKF to the newly elected officials after a successful election.

    They took over from Nick Mwendwa-led committee has was shown the door. The report handed to Amina stated that Mwendwa's team had failed to account for funds and the beneficiaries.

    "Over the past few years, the Football Kenya Federation has faced several governance issues that have been of great concern to the Ministry. First, the Football Kenya Federation has failed to account for all the monies allocated to it by the Government," the statement read in part.

    Mwendwa, on his part, maintained his ground terming the appointments made by the CS as unlawful. Speaking at the La Mada Hotel on Thursday, November 11, Mwendwa stated he has no plans to relinquish his position.

    "As FKF, we reject this committee. We rebuke it, and we will not accept it. No committee will take charge of Harambee Stars. FKF will be in charge," the ousted manager stated. 

    The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has also threatened to apply sanctions to Kenya terming the decision by CS Amina as contravention of the body’s rules and regulations.

    FKF President Nick Mwendwa
    FKF President Nick Mwendwa.
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