AN international ban is hovering over Kenya, Zimbabwe’s opponents in the 2010 soccer World Cup qualifiers starting in a fortnight.
Fifa on Tuesday issued a 72-hour ultimatum to resolve a power struggle at the Kenya Football Federation (KFF) or face the ban – not for the first time in Kenya’s chaotic football scene. On Tuesday the world-governing body threatened the ban if officials it recognised are not allowed to assume office.
This follows a Kenya High Court decision recognising the registration by the Registrar of Societies of Sam Nyamweya and his group as the bona fide officials of the KFF. The ruling also barred the Mohammed Hatimy executive, which enjoy Fifa’s support from assuming office.
Fifa views the appointment of Nyamweya as a political imposition by the Kenyan government, which resulted in Kenya’s last ban by Fifa. In a letter send to Zimbabwe, Guinea and Namibia, Fifa informed the countries to disregard any correspondence from the Nyamweya executive.
Yesterday Zifa president Wellington Nyatanga confirmed receiving the letter from Fifa secretary general, Jerome Valcke, but could not give details as the letter was in possession of chief executive Henrieta Rushwaya, who said only her boss could release information on “policy matters.”
Zimbabwe are originally scheduled to play Kenya’s Harambee Stars away on June 14 and at home of June 29.
In the event of a Kenya ban, Zimbabwe are likely to proceed with Guinea and Namibia, with the top side still progressing to the next phase of qualifiers.
The Warriors play their first match in Guinea on June 1.
By Enock Muchinjo