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2010 WORLD CUP : Further threat to Kenyan football

Kenyan football could face another crisis after a new dispute over who runs the sport in the country broke out.
World governing body Fifa recognises Football Kenya Limited (FKL) but a rival faction, known as the Kenya Football Federation (KFF), is supported by the government.
A compromise was brokered earlier this year but that appears to have broken down in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria next month.

FKL has been in charge of the Harambee Stars since the qualifiers started-but there are claims that the KFF has stepped in to try and organise the 14 November game in Nairobi.
Reports even suggest that KFF has started printing tickets for the game.
KFL vice-president Titus Kasuve insists that his group have the mandate from Fifa.
“Ignorance is no defence. This match is organised under the auspices of Fifa. KFL is the association recognised and affiliated to Fifa,” Kasuve told BBC Sport.

“Nobody else in this country can pretend to print tickets for [national team] matches or organise any national team. “If you went to that other group and asked them-where are the match officials coming from? Where is the match commissioner coming from? Where will the match be played? They know nothing.
“They can’t even write to clubs to request for our foreign-players to be released for the game. Nobody recognises them. They are just big jokers.”

He also called on the country’s sports minister, Hellen Sambili, to stop interfering in football.
“It is high time the Minister gave us room to do out work.
“The Minister has a role to play [but] it is not her responsibility to decide who should run football in this country.”
Kenyan football has been plagued by woes in recent years and the suspension of the country in 2006 was its second in two years.


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