25 October 2006

Kenya: FIFA Suspends Kenya Indefinitely

Nairobi — Kenya has been indefinitely suspended from all international football activities, SportFest can disclose.

Kenya Football Federation (KFF) Chairman Alfred Sambu. Fifa has indefinitely suspended Kenya from all international football activities.

This is after majority members of the Fifa Emergency Committee accepted the recommendations of the world governing body's Associations Committee.

The Associations Committee had last week recommended that Kenya be suspended from all international football activities following failure by the Kenya Football Federation (KFF) to meet some of the conditions agreed between the two bodies in Cairo.

Fifa wanted KFF to recognise the Kenya Premier League (KPL) as the legitimate competition in the country.

The body had also directed KFF to whittle down the number of teams in the Premier League from 20 to 18 - a move that KFF chairman Alfred Sambu rejected.

But yesterday, the senior Fifa official, who did not want to be named, said: "We already have the required number to suspend Kenya and the issue will be officially known tomorrow (today).

"We only required four members to make a decision because the deadline was today (Tuesday).

"We got that number and there's no doubt that Kenya is now suspended," he said.

The Fifa Emergency Committee, which is chaired by President Sepp Blatter, has seven members and usually only four are required to pass any resolution.

By Friday, three members of the committee had approved Kenya's suspension and they were only waiting for one more member to confirm, before it becomes official. A fourth member gave his verdict against Kenya yesterday.

On the recommendation on whether to suspend KFF chairman Alfred Sambu and Secretary General Dan Omino, the Fifa official said a decision on the duo would be made later. "It's like a tribunal.

The Disciplinary Committee will have to investigate their actions before deciding on appropriate action," he said.

The Fifa Associations Committee had recommended the suspension of Sambu and Omino for allegedly standing in the way of the implementation of the Cairo Agreement.

On Monday, Sambu had written to Fifa requesting for more time to resolve the crucial issue regarding the number of clubs in the Premier League.

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