Football stakeholders in Kenya have come together under the banner of the Football Stakeholders Caucus to express their deep dissatisfaction with the current state of football administration in the country.
In a statement issued today, the caucus raised serious concerns about the way football is being run and called for significant changes within the Football Kenya Federation (FKF). They presented a list of demands, highlighting issues ranging from leadership recognition to constitutional alignment. The caucus insists on accountability and transparency to ensure the future prosperity of Kenyan football.
The Football Stakeholders Caucus in Kenya has voiced its disappointment with the state of football governance, calling for sweeping changes within the Football Kenya Federation (FKF). The caucus, representing a diverse group of football enthusiasts and professionals, outlined their grievances in a comprehensive statement released earlier today.
“We, the football stakeholders in Kenya, express our deep concern and dissatisfaction with the current state of football administration in our country, overseen by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF). We hereby make the following demands,” the caucus stated firmly.
Among the key demands, the caucus called for the recognition and acceptance of the removal of FKF’s National Executive Committee (NEC) from office, as mandated by the law, with no challenge to this decision. They emphasized that no official communication from FIFA confirmed the reinstatement of Nick Mwendwa as FKF president.
The recent ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the Harambee Starlets case further bolstered their position. The court confirmed that the FKF NEC was removed from office in accordance with the law, raising questions about the legitimacy of certain decisions made by the federation.
Furthermore, the caucus highlighted that FIFA does not currently recognize the leadership of FKF, resulting in Kenya’s exclusion from FIFA congress meetings, a matter of grave concern for the country’s football community.
“We call on FIFA to form a six-month term normalization committee to oversee the affairs of football in Kenya and ensure a transparent and accountable process,” the caucus urged.
Addressing the need for internal reforms, the caucus stressed the importance of aligning FKF’s constitution with the Sports Act of 2013, and the electoral code with the Sports Registrar Regulation Act of 2016. They also demanded all-inclusive elections to be conducted within the next six months.
“FKF NEC should cease its operations immediately, as they are in office illegally,” the statement read, underlining their resolve to rectify the situation.
The Football Stakeholders Caucus warned that any decisions made by FKF NEC from November 11th, 2021, onwards should be deemed null and void until the legitimacy of their office is restored.
“We urge the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Hon. Ababu Namwamba, to honour court rulings and uphold the Kenyan constitution,” the caucus asserted while cautioning both the Cabinet Secretary and FKF NEC about the potential risk of contempt of court if they continue to operate in football.
The caucus called upon FIFA to send delegates to Kenya for a comprehensive report on the status of football in the country and the alleged mismanagement of resources by the Football Kenya Federation.