FIFA REINSTATES KENYAN FOOTBALL EXECUTIVES SACKED BY GOVERNMENT

BY MICHAEL HOUSTON

FIFA have reinstated the current members of the Kenyan Football Federation (FKF), overruling a decision made by the nation’s Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT).

Last week, the tribunal judged that the current regime in charge of the FKF were in office illegally, having exceeded their term limit and called for a new election as well as a committee to run operations until new members had been appointed.

However, FIFA called the judgement not legally binding and reinstated the current FKF Executive Committee including FKF President Nick Mwendwa.

FIFA, in a letter to local press in Kenya, said that the SDT was not recognised as a body who could settle the dispute.

Kenya’s sport cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed has asked organisations like FKF to recognise the Kenyan Constitution ©Getty Images

“First and foremost, we would like to highlight that the FKF statutes do not clearly recognise the jurisdiction of SDT as being the ultimate arbitration forum at the national level.

“Moreover, we note that the SDT is not a national arbitration tribunal – we wish to emphasise that the relevant SDT ruling has no legal effect on FIFA.”

FKF have also come under fire from FIFA for not paying their former coach Adel Amrouche and could be excluded from the 2022 World Cup qualifiers if they do not pay him in full by April 24.

On the tribunal ruling, FKF Presidential hopeful Omondi Aduba disagreed with FIFA’s overturning.

“FIFA is just creating confusion for no reason, and that is very wrong,” said Aduba.

“They have forbidden us from taking sports issues to civil courts and then disregarding rulings from sports courts – so what next?”

Meanwhile, Kenya’s sports cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed, has asked all sports organisations to respect the Kenyan Constitution which recognises tribunals.

-insidethegames