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Last Updated: Friday, 3 September, 2004, 13:06 GMT 14:06 UK
Kenyan trio face court
Maina Kariuki
Maina Kariuki is one of the former officials due to appear in court

The trial of three former Kenya Football Federation (KFF) officials accused of corruption will begin this month.

A court in Nairobi ruled that former KFF chairman Maina Kariuki, general secretary Hussein Swaleh and treasurer Mohammed Hatimy, will appear before it on 28 September.

The three men have been charged with fraudulently obtaining more than US$632,000 from the KFF between April 2002 and May this year.

A decision by the Kenyan government to sack the KFF board and appoint a caretaker committee led to the country's three-month international suspension by Fifa.

Fifa's sanction had prevented the Harambee Stars, Kenya's national team, from playing their first three games in the group stages of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.

Following negotiations between Kenyan government officials and Fifa, the suspension was lifted.

The Harambee Stars, whose missed World Cup games will be rescheduled, face Malawi's Flames in Nairobi on Saturday.


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