FIFA Lifts Ban on Kenya

Football governing body, FIFA, has confirmed lifting ban on Kenya, it’s official.

Kenya was banned last year in November when the then Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amina Mohamed ordered for an audit of FKF accounts.

The ban saw Kenya miss the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers while the Harambee Starlets also missed the qualifiers for the World Cup against Uganda.

“The Bureau of the FIFA Council decided to lift the suspension that was imposed on the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) in February 2022 in accordance with article 16 of the FIFA Statutes,” reads a statement from FIFA.

“The decision was taken following a letter sent by FKF General Secretary Barry Otieno to FIFA, in which he confirmed that the Kenyan government, as represented by the newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Sports, the Hon. Ababu Namwamba, had reinstated the FKF Executive Committee with immediate effect.

“The FKF General Secretary further asserted that the FKF offices had been handed back to the association’s elected leadership.”

FIFA said that they took the decision following a letter sent by FKF General Secretary Barry Otieno, in which he confirmed that the Kenyan government, as represented by the newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Sports, the Hon. Ababu Namwamba, had reinstated the FKF Executive Committee with immediate effect.

The FKF General Secretary further asserted that the FKF offices had been handed back to the association’s elected leadership.

FIFA added: “Upon the lifting of the suspension, a FIFA-CAF mission will be deployed to Nairobi in order to define the next steps for the FKF and to also meet with the newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Sports.

“Finally, the lifting of the suspension of the FKF would take place without prejudice to the ongoing investigations and court proceedings at national level.”

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