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‘We are suffering’ Olunga speaks of Nick Mwendw days after reinstatement of FKF national office

by Paul Nyongesa
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Kenyan international striker Michael Olunga has expressed confidence in the new Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba.

This after  Namwamba on Friday reinstated FKF National Executive Committee (NEC) which was disbanded during the reign of his predecessor Amina Mohamed and reopened the federation Kandanda House offices.

This was one of the issues Fifa cited when they slapped Kenya with the suspension on February 24. Mohamed disbanded the federation on November 11, 2022 due to misappropriation of funds.

In an exclusive interview with the Nairobi News, Olunga said that there is need to bring and consults all the football stakeholders in the country to ensure Fifa’s ban on Kenyan football is lifted. He said the reinstatement of Nick Mwendwa led-federation was a good sign as football is set to return back to international level.

He also called for the creation of opportunities for new Kenyan talent to flourish internationally.

“There are a lot of opportunities which the youths are currently missing. Football, like all other sporting activities in this country, is a career that can be helpful to many youths. They may end up losing these opportunities if we end up this way,” he said.

Olunga is in the country for a break as countries prepare for 2022 Fifa World Cup which will be hosted by Qatar between November 20 and December 18.

The 32-nation tournament will be played in eight stadiums across five cities in Qatar, which are Doha, Lusail, Al Khor, Al Rayyan and Al Wakrah.

 

Government Revokes FKF Suspension by Former Sports Minister Amina Mohammed

Kenya’s Sports Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ababu Namwamba has lifted the suspension meted on Football Kenya Federation (FKF) by his predecessor Dr Amina Mohammed.

Namwamba was fulfiling one of the conditions laid out by the world football governing body Fifa that had demanded for the reinstatement of the disbanded FKF office so that the international ban it had imposed on Kenyan soccer can be lifted.

Kenya’s immediate former Sports Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed, on November 11, 2021, the as the Sports minister disbanded the Nick Mwendwa-led Football Kenya Federation and installed a Caretaker Committee to, among other things, run football activities.

Amina appointed Retired Justice Aaron Ringera to lead the caretaker committee, while journalist Lindah Oguttu was installed as the head of the secretariat.

The world governing body said it would only lift the suspension upon “receipt of confirmation from the FKF and its management, led by Vice-President Doris Petra and General Secretary Barry Otieno that the FKF and its premises are once more under their full and unconditional control.”

In a press statement dated November 4, 2022, released by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) general secretary Barry Otieno confirmed that the Government has fulfilled the conditions as set out by the FIFA Council.

“We are, therefore, pleased to confirm that the Government has fulfilled the aforementioned conditions as set out by the FIFA Council, as part of the ongoing efforts by Government to allow Kenya’s return to international football,” said Otieno.

The secretary general added: “In this regard, the federation will in the coming days communicate the next steps, including the status of the just concluded 2021/2022 league season and scheduled dates for the kick off of the 2022/2023 league season.”

On February 24, 2022, the FIFA Council vide letter referenced SG/kje/rta/ssa dated February 24, 2022 decided that the lifting of Kenya’s suspension by FIFA will be subject to the following conditions:

1. The repeal of the Cabinet Secretary’s decision of November 11, 2021, which appointed the Caretaker Committee in lieu of the elected FKF Executive Committee; and

2. FIFA’s receipt of confirmation from the FKF and its management, led by Vice-President Doris Petra and General Secretary Barry Otieno that the FKF and its premises are once more under their full and unconditional control.

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