Kenya's soccer body could go to polls in September

08:50, July 06, 2010      

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Kenyan national football elections may come as early as September, according to the Football Kenya limited (FKL) secretary general and chief executive officer, Joseph Mailu.

"We are looking at holding fresh elections before the end of September. All is well so far and we shall be ready to announce the date very soon," Mailu said on Monday during the unveiling of the national under-20 team in Nairobi.

The elections are expected to bring together the FIFA- recognized FKL led by chairman Mohammed Hatimy and Kenya Football Federation (KFF) chaired by Sam Nyamweya.

Both factions have been claiming legitimacy to run football in the country amid confusion and poor results in the circles.

"We want to have a new beginning and we are convinced we are en- route to harmonize the management of soccer in the country," said Mailu.

Kenyan soccer has been entangled in political wrangles for over a decade now and a lot is left to be desired in the management of the most popular sport with FKL officials constantly under fire from critics for their alleged mismanagement of the sport.

"We are ready to go to elections as long as the outstanding issues are resolved because we as KFF are a society while FKL is a company. So those issues should be thrashed out," said KFF boss Nyamweya.

As the elections draw closer, critics have constantly complained of the module employed in the polls of FKL officials with most football stakeholders suggesting the exercise has been reduced to an affair of a few tycoons who buy off delegates.

The soccer war was recently escalated to international level when KFF petitioned FIFA at the International court of Arbitration in sports (CAS) over what they described as illegal disbandment.

The case was, however, defeated and FKL granted a clean bill of health to run soccer in the country. KFF have since appealed over the ruling.

Source: Xinhua


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