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Football won’t wait for Kenya


A FIFA ban on Kenyan football may kill the careers of players and referees says Dickson Doyo, FKF Secretary General for Nairobi East.

The grassroots football official calls for a wider perspective on the current impasse in Kenyan football.

“A ban will affect everyone in the game: players won’t be able to move, referees won’t be able to take international assessments, and even coaches especially the instructors will also be affected but there is a bigger issue to consider,” Doyo warned.

“Football is a game that is based on time; there is a peak period for every role in the sport. Whether you are a player or a referee, you have a peak. If you don’t get that opportunity at your peak because of a FIFA ban-that will probably be the end of you in football.”

Doyo insists those welcoming a ban are not seeing the full picture because the game will not wait for Kenyans.

“A ban means taking life changing opportunities from people who have waited their whole lives for their moment.There are other solutions out there we just need to have the will to find. We do not have to tear down the game.”

Doyo is also worried about the precedent being set for football in the country.

“What will happen every time a government minister has differences with an elected Federation official? Will this be our normal? It cannot be. We need proper systems and procedures to ensure the game is not held hostage to political differences”

Doyo’s parting short is on grassroots football.
“This situation hurts grassroots football. It sows confusion and it gets even worse when we 800 million shillings’ budgets with nothing for grassroots football.’

A few weeks ago, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed installed a committee led by Aaron Ringera to replace the FKF office led by Nick Mwendwa.

The new committee was mandated among other things, to run football activities in the country for the next six months before organizing elections to usher in a new office.

However, the move by the government was not received well by Fifa, who warned they will take tough sanctions against the country, including an indefinite ban from all football activities if the decision to appoint the Ringera-led committee is not rescinded.

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    Written by Pauline Nabwire

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