FIFA MUST NOW WORK WITH KENYA TO SORT OUR FOOTBALL MESS, SAYS NYAMWEYA.
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In a media release today to africanculture.co.ke, former FKF president Uncle Sam Nyamweya said this:
Following the court ruling on Tuesday dismissing a petition filed by the Football Kenya Federation officials against the decision by Sports Cabinet Secretary to disband the National Executive Committee of the federation, the coast is now clear for the government to start engaging World Soccer Governing body (FIFA) to come up with a roadmap towards readmitting Kenya back to international football.
The decision by the High Court also gives a legal backing to the move by the minister last November to send the FKF NEC packing and leaves FIFA with little option but to start working with the government.
It is therefore my humble submission to the CS that the ball is now in your court to sort out the situation with the speed it deserves.
While I thank the courts for looking at the bigger picture and offering the country an opportunity to move forward, any wrong mistake by the CS may take us back to where we were before the mess.
It is time for the CS to engage FIFA so that we can have a Normalisation in place that will set the roadmap towards drafting a new constitution under which we will go into fresh elections.
But that Normalisation committee must ensure that key stakeholders in the game are given an opportunity to give their views about how they want the game tio be run in future.
THe Normalisation committee will have to work within the confines of the Kenya constitution, the Sports Act and the FIFA statutes.
We must realise that time is of the essence. Our game has already suffered immense damage since the disbanded federation officials took over and the six months the country has been in the international cold has not made anything better.
Therefore, the CS must move with speed to engage FIFA and CAF so that we are not locked out of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The CS should also call a stakeholders conference to help her in formulating a way forward.
While we appreciate the energy and zeal that the CS has had in bringing sanity to our football I can say we are not yet in Canaan. The real work starts now that the time of the Caretaker Committee she appointed in November has expired and the court has ruled in her favour. Let us not waste this golden opportunity to make our football great again.
Cabinet secretary for sports, culture and heritage Amb (Dr) Amina Mohammed is going to give the way forward after the expiry term of the caretaker committee tomorrow.