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Kenya Ban Lifted By World Governing Body FIFA

Kenya have been readmitted to international football after Fifa ended a suspension, originally handed out for governmental interference in football, that had lasted ten months.

Football’s world governing body banned Kenya after the country’s former Minister of Sports  Amina Mohamed dissolved the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) in February.

“We would like to inform you that the situation of the FKF was submitted to the Bureau of Fifa Council for consideration and decision on 25 November, 2022,”said Samoura in the letter sent on Monday.

“On this occasion, the Bureau was informed of the official letter dated 4 November, 2022 from the FKF General Secretary Barry Otieno to Fifa confirming that the Kenyan government as represented by the newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Sports, the Hon. Ababu Namwamba had reinstated the FKF Executive committee with immediate effect. The bureau also noted that the FKF General secretary further asserted that the FKF offices had been handed back to the association‘s elected leaders.

“In view of the circumstances, the Bureau of the council decided on 25 November 2022, to lift the suspension of the FKF with immediate effect.”

After the government dissolved the FKF, African football’s body CAF disqualified Kenya from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The path to reintegration into Fifa came about when Kenya’s newly appointed Minister of Sports Ababu Namwamba issued a resolution overturning the former minister decision in August, so reinstating the federation’s executive committee.

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