Kenya FIFA threatens Kenya with sanctions over third-party interference

Kenya is facing another world governing body FIFA sanctions following the aborted Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Annual General Meeting (AGM).

According to a letter from FIFA’s Chief Member of Associates Kenny Jean-Marie, FIFA will not hesitate to hand the East African nation with dire sanctions if third-party interference continues to delay the process of holding elections later this year.

FKF were due to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 16 but it failed to take off after Sports Journalist Milton Nyakundi obtained a court order from a Mombasa High Court challenging the legality of the federation to convene the meeting.

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The order, which was issued a day to the AGM, subsequently stopped the same with Lady Justice Olga Sewe, who certified the case as urgent, setting March 18 for the hearing. During the hearing, the case was further pushed to April 4 for the ruling. While the football stakeholders are awaiting the ruling, FIFA have warned it will not be business as usual if FKF does not proceed with their (AGM) and set up a date for the elections.

“We further wish to underline that a violation of this obligation by the FKF or its members may lead to sanctions as provided for in the FIFA Statutes, including a possible suspension,” said the statement from Jean-Marie, copied to FKF CEO Barry Otieno.
“In addition, please note that the order of the Mombasa High Court dated March 15, 2024, appears to amount to undue influence by third parties which could be considered as a violation of Article 19 paragraph 1 of the FIFA Statutes and Article 7 paragraph 1.g. of the CAF Statutes.”

The letter continued: “As a result, and irrespective of the outcome of the hearing to take place on April 4, FIFA takes the view that any further attempt by a third party to prevent the FKF Annual General Meeting from taking place might be considered a violation to the above-mentioned principle, which would oblige our institution to bring the matter to the attention of the relevant FIFA bodies for consideration of possible sanctions in line with the FIFA Statutes.

“For the avoidance of doubt, please note that the infringement of the aforementioned provisions of the FIFA and CAF Statutes may give rise to grounds for the suspension of FKF irrespective of whether the infringement was attributed to FKF or not. Finally, we would like to remind you that a suspended member association may not exercise any of its membership rights. Other member associations may not entertain sporting contact with a suspended member association. The Disciplinary Committee may impose further sanctions (cf. art. 16 par. 3 of the FIFA Statutes).”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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