Mon, 29 May 2023

NAIROBI, May 13 (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan government has appointed a transition committee to manage the country's football for the next five weeks with a suspension by world governing body FIFA still in force.

Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage, made the appointment in special gazette notice on Friday.

Mohamed said the mandate of the transitional committee shall be to conduct the affairs of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) in accordance with its constitution.

She said the committee will ensure that the FKF operates within the provisions of the Sports Act. 2013, co-ordinate and guarantee the smooth running of FKF operations including team preparations for local and international sporting events.

This comes after a six-month mandate of the FKF Caretaker Committee led by retired judge Aaron Ringera lapsed on Tuesday without a roadmap for a return to international football.

According to the Gazette, Ringera will now head the 12-team transitional committee supported by a six-member secretariat.

Retired internationals John Ogolla and Joseph Masiga as well as the former chairperson of Kenya Rugby Union, Mwangi Muthee are among those who served in the caretaker body who retained their roles in the Transition management.

Mohamed appointed the caretaker committee in November 2021 when she expelled the FKF executive committee led by its president Nick Mwendwa and banned them from office.

Mwendwa, who was arrested twice before being released on bail on charges of corruption and misappropriation of public funds during his time in office, relinquished his position as FKF boss on November 30, 2021, to "focus on clearing his name."

World governing body FIFA suspended Kenya from international football in March and called for both sides to come to the negotiating table as they offered to mediate talks aimed at resolving the dispute through a Normalization Committee.

The government has, however, been steadfast in refusing to deal with the banned FKF office and the country now waits anxiously to see what FIFA's reaction will be.

Kenya's place in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that kick off on May 23 remains doubtful with the country being forced to forfeit its place if the FIFA ban is not lifted in the next few days.

The country has been drawn to face five-time Africa champions Cameroon, as well as Namibia and Burundi in Group A.

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