Hours after Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed received report from the Football Kenya Federation Transition Committee led by outgoing chairman and retired judge Justice Aaron Ringera at Kasarani stadium, reports have emrged that Tusker FC and Vihiga Queens’ hopes of a return to continental football next season now look all but diminished despite winning their respective leagues.
This is after Amina, via Gazette notice dated June 17 extended the mandate of Football Kenya Federation Transition Committee which ended on June 14 for the next two months.
The two sides had hoped that a new dispensation, devoid of the Committee from the Sports Ministry would take charge of football soon and aid them beat the June 30 deadline for submission of teams for continental football.
It is expected that the next government after August 8 general elections will put in a new team to run football activities if Kenya will still be under Fifa suspension by then.
However, if the suspension will have been lifted, then the management of football in the country will likely revert back to the federation.
“1. The mandate of the Transition Committee shall be to—
(a) conduct all the affairs of Football Kenya Federation in accordance with the Sports Act, 2013 and the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Constitution;
(b) co-ordinate and ensure the smooth running of Football Kenya Federation operations including team preparations for all local and international sporting events; and
(c) co-ordinate and facilitate the validation of the FKF Draft Constitution.” The Gazette notice signed by the CS reads.
The latest move now means the country’s suspension from international football by FIFA remains, with the world governing body having clearly stated that the only possible way the suspension would be lifted is if the FKF is reinstated.
Former Chief Justice Aron Ringera will no longer serve in the Committee which will now be chaired by Retired Lt Gen. Maurice Oyugi while former Kenya Rugby Union boss and CEO of the World Athletics Under-18 Championships Mwangi Muthee will deputize him.
The rest of the members of the huge committee will retain their slots.
Already, the national women’s football team Harambee Starlets failed to play their final qualification match for the Women’s Cup of Nations while Harambee Stars have been barred from participating in the 2023 Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Harambee Stars have also been excluded from the draw of the qualifiers for the African Nations Championship (CHAN).