Fifa has asked the Kenyan government to reinstate Football Kenya Federation (FKF) office led by embattled FKF President Nick Mwendwa.
In a letter addressed to Sports CS Amina Mohamed on Sunday, FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura asked the CS to reinstate all suspended FKF officials and have the issue solved amicably.
“Going forward, without prejudice to the allegations that have been raised and any potential trial for offences that may have been committed, Fifa and Caf are asking you to consider the reinstatement of the FKF executive committee as prior thereto,” read part of the letter from Fifa.
“Fifa and Caf administrators are prepared to work closely with the FKF and your office representatives – as it has already been the case in the recent past – to normalize the situation. I am convinced that our common efforts together with your trust will guarantee a successful outcome for Kenyan football.
Fifa further called for urgent discussions through a video conference with CS Amina and her team to avoid further consequences.
“Against this background, I call on your understanding of the matter at stake to reconsider your position in the light of our aforementioned principles so as to make sure the latter are respected with regard to the situation at the FKF,” the statement added.
“As a matter of fact, I am receptive to the need of a common discussion through a video conference call that we may organize without further ado, My collaborators will contact your office accordingly to settle the logistical details as soon as possible.”
The international body further castigated the decision by the government to appoint a caretaker committee with a full secretariat.
“In the meantime, I have been made aware of the appointment by your office of the so-called “caretaker committee”, together with its own secretariat, in lieu of the elected FKF executive committee whose President has been arrested,” the statement added.
“Furthermore, I have been informed that the FKF premises currently seem to be no longer under control of the FKF General Secretary and football competitions under the umbrella of the FKF have apparently been suspended for a two-week period.
“Fifa understands the important role of your office in ensuring that sports bodies in Kenya comply with the relevant applicable national laws.
“As a matter of fact, Fifa did attempt to understand the situation presented to its administration at the end of 2019, taking into account the role of the Sports Registrar in view of the Sports Act.
“In this respect, Fifa has always kept an open-door policy to discuss any issue or concern that may affect football at national level.
“I must highlight that the appointment of the so-called “caretaker committee” by your office is undoubtedly contrary to our principles according to which all of our member associations, including FKF, are required to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence of any third parties.
“The situation could, therefore, potentially lead to a suspension of the FKF by Fifa and in such a case, it would be all of Kenyan football that would suffer the consequences.”
On Friday afternoon, detectives from the serious crimes unit of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations nabbed Mwendwa as he attempted to visit the Harambee Stars in their camp at Nairobi hotel and whisked him to Kiambu Road for questioning before locking him up overnight at Gigiri Police Station.
2022 World 7s: Kenya Sevens To Face USA In Dubai 7s Opener At 9am
Kenya Sevens are going to be hoping to come out in the 2022 World 7s Series season on a high note as they play USA at the Dubai Sevens on Friday from 9am East African time.
The World Sevens Series will commence with 12 teams set to require part within the Dubai opening leg tournament slated for Sevens Stadium.
Core sides New Zealand, Samoa are still missing while England, Wales, and Scotland will play the primary two tournaments as Great Britain. Fiji, Australia, and France are back after missing the shortened 2021 Series.
After facing USA within the morning, Shujaa will then face Argentina at 1:30 PM and their final match are at 4:02 PM against Spain as they seek to duplicate the 2021 performance that saw them achieve a podium finish within the shortened series.
The team finished third overall within the abridged 2021 Sevens playoff in Canada, reaching the final where they lost to African nation before securing a 3rd place finish at the second leg in Edmonton.
Olympic Gold Medalist Fiji return after missing the 2021 World 7s Series and are pooled alongside returning Australia, Canada and France.
The final Pool has 2021 Series Champions Republic of South Africa who will tackle Ireland, Great Britain and Japan, who were promoted as HSBC World Rugby Challenger Series champions in 2020.
Great Britain will participate within the opening two rounds of the Series in Dubai, as a part of the standing agreement to play the year 2021, before reverting to compete as national unions for the rest of the 2022 Series, with England, Scotland and Wales participating within the men’s Series and England within the women’s series.
The 16 men’s core teams after the Dubai events are Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, Republic of South Africa, Spain, USA and Wales.
The 11 core women’s teams after the Dubai events are Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and USA.
Two men’s and one women’s teams are going to be relegated from the 2022 Series, to make sure a pathway for teams to be promoted from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series.
Dubai 7s Fixtures
Kenya vs USA-9am
Kenya vs Argentina-1.30pm
Kenya vs Spain-4pm
Kipchoge Among Five Finalists For 2021 Male World Athlete Of The Year
Marathon world record holder and two-time Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge is among five finalists for the 2021 Male World Athlete of the Year.
On Monday evening, World Athletics announced the five male athletes, who are representing five different countries.
Kipchoge was named Male Athlete of the Year for two years in a row; in 2018, after setting the 2:01:39 World Record and in 2019 when he entered into the annals of history as the only human being to run under two hours in a marathon at the INEOS 1:59 challenge in Vienna.
He timed 1:59:40.
According to World Athletics, the male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced at the WA Awards 2021, which will take place virtually on December 1.
World Athletics also named 5000m Olympic champion and world record holder (in both 5000m and 10,000m) Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda.
Cheptegei also won 10,000m silver for his country at the Tokyo Olympics. He also recorded a world-leading 8:09.55 for two miles.
Pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis of Sweden who was named Male Athlete of 2020 has also been named as a 2021 finalist. He is an Olympic, Diamond League and European indoor pole vault champion.
“The five athletes, who represent five countries from three area associations, have produced some exceptional performances across a range of athletics disciplines in 2021, at the Tokyo Olympic Games, one-day meeting circuits and other events around the world,” WA said in a statement.
Other finalists are US shot put athlete Ryan Crouser, also an Olympic champion, and Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who won 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email, while fans voted online via the World Athletics social media platforms.
“The World Athletics Council’s vote counted for 50% of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25% of the final result. Voting closed on 6 November,” WA said.