Friday, January 23, 2009

Kenya, FIFA Agree to Agree

The world soccer governing body FIFA and the country of Kenya have had their share of issues over the years.

Finally, it looks like they're going to agree to agree and try to fix the situation.

FIFA recognizes one group of administrators, known as Football Kenya Limited or FKL.

The Kenyan government deals with a rival group - which claims to be the legitimate Kenya Football Federation (KFF).

Now a joint committee will be formed to run Kenyan football for most of 2009.

The committee - which is likely to be formed from a combination of FKL and KFF officials - will have a nine-month mandate.

Representatives of FIFA will arrive in Nairobi shortly to complete the agreement, which was announced by the country's sports minister, Helen Sambili.

The minister said the committee would be operating before Kenya face Tunisia in the opening game of the final round of World Cup qualifiers at the end of March.

They will play Nigeria and Mozambique as well as Tunisia in 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

Kenya Football Limited recently sacked the coach of the national team, Francis Kimanzi.

They said he had refused to take charge of planned friendly matches and had also refused to give interviews to the media.

The government has called for his reinstatement.

MY POV: Clearly, this is only the first step in resolving this tenuous issue. Someone needed to step in and fix this mess. No one's better than FIFA for that much ... The question is: Why did it take so long? Sad, really ...

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