July 24th 2017

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Kenya faces FIFA ban over Cecafa participation

In 2015, the federation was headed by Sam Nyamweya, who lost the elections to Nick Mwendwa. The 11 member Cecafa, which is the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations, holds the rotational event annually in member states.

By David JagongoFriday, 24 Feb 2017 15:43 EAT

World football governing body FIFA has opened disciplinary action against Football Kenya Federation (FKF) for taking part in an unsanctioned CECAFA tournament in 2015. FIFA says Kenya was among the countries that participated in the annual regional event in Ethiopia that was not sanctioned by both CAF and FIFA.

In a letter to the federation, FIFA terms the move a violation of key FIFA statutes. But FKF under President Nick Mwendwa was quick to point out that the current administration which came in February 2016 was not in charge then. In 2015, the federation was headed by Sam Nyamweya, who lost the elections to Nick Mwendwa. The 11 member Cecafa, which is the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations, holds the rotational event annually in member states. 

FIFa says it’s Disciplinary Committee, scheduled to meet on March 15, 2017, will analyze the matter with regard to a possible violation of regulations and decide on a possible imposition of sanctions against the Kenyan FA. But FKF Friday reiterated its commitment and goodwill to abide by all FIFA and CAF regulations in regard to planning and taking part in both local and/or international tournaments and/or matches.

“To this end, this administration since assuming office in February 2016 has always sought for clearance from both CAF and FIFA before any international undertaking and continues to do so in line with not only football best practices, but also in accordance with FIFA and CAF regulations,” said the federation in a press statement.

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