23 February 2007

Kenya: Federation Told to Hold Special Meeting

Nairobi — The Kenya Football Federation has been ordered to convene a Special General Meeting to deliberate on contentious issues in order to avoid a punitive indefinite Fifa ban.

The meeting will deliberate on the fate of the suspended KFF chairman Alfred Sambu and the composition of the Premier League among other contentious issues.

Fifa's general assembly will give guidelines within the next four days on how the SGM will be convened. Fifa will also send officials to supervise the meeting.

Kenya had been given until February 28 to sort out the mess in football or risk a lengthy ban. The country remains suspended from international football.

The African Football Confederation (CAF) delegation is in the country for a series of meetings with the warring football officials.

The two-man CAF delegation - Nigerian Amos Adamu and Celestine Musabyimana of Burundi - yesterday met Premier League club officials, coaches, referees and the KFF national executive committee at Nyayo Stadium.

The CAF officials said the SGM is the supreme decision making organ of KFF. The meeting will also decide the fate of the current interim officials running football.

"The composition of the Premier League is an issue which can be handled internally and does not need to be decided by an external body. It will be up to the AGM to decide on it," the officials said.

Also, all pending court cases involving the federation and its officials will have to be withdrawn immediately.

The officials said the "Normalisation Committee" formed by the federation's branches, headed by the KFF Nyanza North chairman Peter Ochiel, be disbanded.

The Cairo 28 point agreement will also have to be implemented.

Adamu said the parallel leagues would continue until a proper position is established by the meeting.

Adamu said Sports Minister Maina Kamanda had assured them that the government was committed to the lifting of the suspension.

The two officials arrived in the country on Wednesday.

Yesterday, they met the football officials together, instead of instead of separate groups.

The warring football officials have not agreed on the number of teams to take part in the Premier League. One faction insists on 18 teams while the other wants a 20-team league.

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