Another month of FKF and SDT saga after FIFA postponed meeting

  • The long football uncertainty saga between FKF and Sports Dispute Tribunal was thought to end sooner. But, it looks like it’s going for another month after the FIFA proposed meeting was called off.
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FIFA has postponed the proposed meeting with Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, FKF president Nick Mwendwa and other football stakeholders.

It is understood that the meeting main agenda was on the protracted impasse between FKF and the SDT on the aborted elections and the National Executive Committee members’ term of office. That meeting was originally slated for April 6 but is now slated to May, subject to the situation with the coronavirus pandemic.

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“Considering the current worldwide sanitary situation and our institutional travel restrictions, we kindly inform you that the holding of such a meeting in Nairobi shall be postponed to May 2020, once we can resume traveling and upon receipt of further information from your side on the health situation in Kenya,” explained the FIFA spokesperson.

On March 25, days after SDT chairman John Ohaga nullified FKF County and National polls for the second time in three months, FIFA’s Chief Member Association Officer, Veron Monsengo-Omba, wrote a letter to FKF secretary-general Barry Otieno. The letter indicates that he was ready to meet and debate with the aforementioned stakeholders in Kenya ‘for the sake of peace’.

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“FIFA is ready to meet as soon as possible with the FKF, the SDT representatives(s), the Minister for Sport and any other relevant stakeholders to find a way forward. In this respect, should the world health situation evolve positively by April 6, 2020, we shall soon contact you to explore other possibilities including a meeting through a video conference,” Monsengo-Omba’s said in the letter.

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Ohaga also suggested the constitution of a normalization committee to run football affairs in Kenya in the interim, but FIFA rejected that proposal. As Kenyans still wait for the meeting, the SDT chairman is set to rule on the matter on April 21th 2020.

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