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What does Fifa suspension mean for Kenyan football?

4:46 PM MYT 25/02/2022
Harambee Stars and Kenya.
GOAL brings you the effects of the suspension meted on the East African country by the world governing body on Thursday

World governing body Fifa on Thursday moved to suspended Kenya from all football-related activities after citing government interference.

This is after the Ministry of Sports through Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed dissolved the Football Kenya Federation office led by Nick Mwendwa in November 2021 and appointed a caretaker committee that took charge of football activities in the country.

On suspending Kenya, Fifa cited the appointment of the caretaker committee - chaired by Aaron Ringera, the arrest of Mwendwa, and the transfer of his functions as some of the reasons that precipitated their decision.

  • Harambee Stars coach Engin Firat and players.

    What will be the effects?

    In June 2004, Fifa suspended Kenya for three months due to government interference and now they have been handed another red card.

    Below, GOAL highlights the effects from the suspension.

  • Kakamega Homeboyz players.

    FKF PL will not be recognised

    Should Kenya fail to reach an agreement with Fifa, it means the outcome of the ongoing top-flight will not have a legitimate winner as the world body will not recognise it.

    This effectively means Kenya will not have representation at next season’s Caf Champions League and also the Confederation Cup, whose winner is decided from the FKF Shield Cup.

    The league is currently on matchday 18 with Kakamega Homeboyz leading the 18-team table with 37 points from 18 matches, Nairobi City Stars are second on 32 while Kariobangj Sharks are third on 31 points.

  • Harambee Starlets players.

    No action for Harambee Stars & Starlets

    Kenyans will have to do without international matches for all the national teams, from all age groups, including the women’s Harambee Starlets.

    It means the Harambee Stars will miss out on the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers, and will not take part in Cecafa-related tournaments. It is the same case for the Starlets as they will not be able to participate in Fifa-organised events.

    The suspension also means the Harambee Stars will not be involved in friendly matches during the Fifa international break.

  • Sando Yangayay joins Gor Mahia.

    No local or international transfers

    The suspension will also affect the transfer window, both in the FKF Premier League and also for players moving to Europe as they require International Transfer Certificate (ITC) to move from one football association to another.

    It means players who were already on the move and are yet to get clearance will have to suffer and wait for longer, as Fifa will not sanction the transfers. It will also affect the local league, whose transfer window is still open.

  • Peter Waweru Kamaku during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals.

    Kenya referees to miss action

    While Kenya had two referees - Peter Waweru and Gilbert Cheruiyot – officiating at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the suspension now means the country will not have or enjoy such privileges.

    The officials from the country will not be eligible to officiate in any Caf or Fifa organised tournaments, including Cecafa competitions in the region.

    The referee's training courses, which happen twice a month in the country, will also not take place under the prevailing circumstances.