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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 October 2006, 12:55 GMT 13:55 UK
Kenya queries Fifa's findings
Fifa's headquarters in Zurich
The KFF is querying decisions taken by Fifa's Associations Committee

Kenyan football officials accused Fifa of applying double standards in its condemnation of the country as they braced for another suspension for the second time in two years.

On Wednesday, Fifa's Associations Committee proposed Kenya's suspension for failing to respect agreements to resolve recurrent problems in the country's football association.

The committee also proposed to forward the file to the Disciplinary Committee which would initiate disciplinary proceedings against some Kenya Football Federation (KFF) officials, including KFF chairman Alfred Sambu and Dan Omino.

Omino, the KFF's secretary-general, claims that his body has fulfilled all 28 recommendations demanded by Fifa at a meeting in January, while saying that Fifa is relying on misinformation from some local football officials.

"We have people within Kenya who act in defiance of the authority and rules of the KFF and even the statutes of Fifa, and yet have the support of Fifa," said Omino.

"Banning Kenya is like addressing the symptoms instead of tackling the real problem facing football here. We've not done anything wrong but followed the Fifa statutes."

"I still maintain that Fifa has not given us a chance to defend ourselves properly.

"Before drastic actions are taken against a country, there should be a fact-finding mission to establish what is on the ground.

"If you are going to take a decision about the football future of a whole nation, you should be satisfied that what is causing you to make the decision is what is actually taking place."

Nonetheless, Omino failed to mention the two ongoing separate leagues in Kenya, which are known to antagonise football's world governing body.

Last week, Fifa told the KFF it had no mandate to run the country's championship - yet the KFF continued with its league, in direct competition to the rival Kenya Premier League, last weekend.

Fifa suspended Kenya for three months in 2004 due to governmental interference in the running of the sport.

It is not yet known when Fifa's Emergency or Disciplinary Committees will meet to discuss the future of Kenyan football.



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