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Reprieve for Kenyan football as Fifa lifts indefinite ban

13:42 EAT 28/11/2022
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World governing body Fifa has confirmed lifting the indefinite ban previously slapped on Kenya following government interference.
  • Fifa confirms lifting of suspension
  • Kenya was banned last November
  • Fifa-Caf mission to visit Kenya

WHAT HAPPENED? Fifa has confirmed in a letter addressed to FKF CEO Barry Otieno that the ban has been lifted unconditionally.

WHAT FIFA SAID: "We would like to inform you that the situation of the FKF was submitted to the Bureau of Fifa Council for consideration and the decision on November 25," read part of the letter seen by GOAL.

"In view of these circumstances, the Bureau of the Council decided on November 25 to lift the suspension of the FKF with immediate effect.

"Upon the lifting of the suspension, a Fifa-Caf mission team will be deployed to Nairobi in order to define the next steps for FKF and to also meet with the newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Sports."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The ban on Kenya came last November when the then Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amina Mohamed ordered for an audit of FKF accounts.

The move saw FKF President Nick Mwendwa implicated with misappropriating money meant for the sport and was arrested and arraigned in court.

The ban meant Kenya were barred from taking part in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers while the women's team - Harambee Starlets failed to play in two-legged qualifiers for the World Cup against Uganda.

WHAT NEXT? This will be good news for clubs as the new season for the FKF Premier League is underway.