- Good news for Kenyans and Harambee Stars team captain as reports states that Kenya has reached an agreement with world governing body, FIFA, over the money owed to former coach Adel Amrouche.
Wanyama had earlier on begged FKF to try everything to keep the 2022 qualifier’s dreams. It is understood that FKF has struck a deal to convince FIFA by reaching an agreement on how they will settle the coach’s dues.
An anonymous source from the federation revealed, “We have good news from Zurich as Kenya will not be sanctioned for failure to pay Amrouche. I am told FIFA and FKF have struck a deal and thus no punishment will be meted on Kenya and they will take part in the qualifiers.”
Kenyans were waiting with bated breath anxiously on Tuesday as FIFA was set to reveal a final ruling in the case pitting FKF against Amrouche.
Amrouche was awarded Kes108,194,863, in September 2019 after winning the case in The Court of Arbitration for Sports against the wrongful dismissal by Kenya. In December 2019, FKF was again ordered to pay the Botswana head coach a further Kes1,181,511, which brought the amount to Kes109,376,374.
On February 28, the Fifa Disciplinary Committee wrote to FKF and instructed them to pay the fines but on March 3, the federation wrote back to the Zurich body requesting more time to settle the same. Fifa replied, on March 5, that they had granted FKF six days to pay but the federation did not honor the order within those days.
All the same, FKF had failed to meet all the orders from FIFA and a sanction looked imminent. Efforts have been seen since the Stars Captain Victor Wanyama pleads to the FKF and the Government to do all they can to save the Qatar dreams before the boat curbside.
With stars 2022 world cup dream hanging by the qualification games, Kenya under Coach Francis Kimanzi, are pooled in Group E. They are set to take on Mali, Uganda, and Rwanda in the second round of the qualifiers.
Only the winner of the group will be guaranteed a place in the final phase of the qualifiers which will leave Wanyama (Captain) to steer the team to success when football activities resume.