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Fifa ban continues

[Posted 04 Oct 2011]
[By Charles Malingha]
Fifa ban continues

Fifa on Monday dropped a bombshell that left football authorities in Kenya shattered.

The world body reminded Kenya that they do not have a stadium that can host Fifa matches and therefore the Harambee Stars cannot play Seychelles in Nairobi in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers next month.

"We can inform you that no 2014 World Cup qualifying matches will be played in November 2011 at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi," Fifa’s Media Office informed from Zurich.

The bulletin also added:"For your information the same is applicable for the [Moi International Sports Centre] Kasarani Complex Stadium.

Somalia’s football association were the first to wave the red flag when they were informed they could not use Nyayo National Stadium on November 11 for their World Cup preliminary round qualifying match with Ethiopia.

Inquiring about the Somalia predicament, it came as shock to discover Fifa’s existing sanctions against Kenya.

Even more outrageous was discovery that officials of Football Kenya Limited were ignorant about what could become not only a predicament but an embarrassment to the country’s football management.

Security breaches

A stunned FKL Technical Director, Patrick Naggi, a long serving official, said early last evening that he was unaware of the Kenyan stadia condemnation by Fifa. Naggi referred the matter to the FKL secretary general, Joseph Agola, a recent appointee.

Naggi said he was busy elsewhere adding: "Please get in touch with Mr Agola so that he can contact Fifa to get the correct picture, but if that is the position [ban] then it is disastrous."

The Fifa ban had been made, anyway, earlier in the day that Nyayo Stadium and the Kasarani Stadium currently under repair were long condemned by Fifa.

Kenya are set to play Seychelles away on November 11 with the purported home return being only four days later – on November 15.

But FKL will probably be unaware or have never publicised that Kenya have pending disciplinary sanctions by Fifa following past international matches.

Kenya have still not served a ban from not playing two of their Fifa home matches after disciplinary and security breaches in Nairobi stadia.

The Fifa Media office revealed, thus, even if Kenya had a suitable stadium, they would not host Seychelles in the return match on November, nor anybody in their first home match in the second round of the World Cup qualifiers next year, should Harambee Stars eliminate Seychelles.


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