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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 November 2006, 13:35 GMT
Kenya in no hurry to end ban
Sports Minister Maina Kamanda
Kamanda wants to take his time
Kenya is in no hurry to have a Fifa ban lifted and will wait to get its chaotic house in order before seeking reinstatement.

Sports Minister Maina Kamanda said on Tuesday that the caretaker committee he appointed to replace the sacked Kenya Football Federation (KFF) board needed time to streamline the running and management of football in the country.

"We are not in a hurry to return to international football," Kamanda said at his first meeting with the interim eight-member committee.

"Not until we are sure we are able to play good football and win tournaments, we don't even play local football," he said, adding he expected the transitional board to end the chaos that has engulfed Kenyan football.

"I appointed this committee with the sole objective to deliver," Kamanda said. "We expect results from them."

Although he said there was no time frame for fresh elections to elect new office bearers, the minister said the committee would negotiate with Fifa, Caf and Cecafa the way forward for lifting the ban to play on the international stage.

Fifa hit Kenya with its second suspension in two years last month for failing to implement reforms demanded by the world football governing body, particularly unifying two rival leagues.

After failing to come up with a plan to merge the 20-team KFF Premier League and 18-team Kenya Premier League Limited (KPL) as one 18-squad league, the government dissolved the KFF last week.

On Monday, authorities vowed to crack down on plans for a new rebel football league drawn from members of the existing leagues, warning them of "serious and decisive action".

Kamanda said the interim KFF board would meet all the premier clubs this week to draw up new fixtures for a single national league and renewed the earlier warning to those involved in the breakaway group.

However, the KPL said it would continue its activities despite the minister's threats.

"The KPL will continue to carry out its lawful company activities in accordance with its statutes and the laws of Kenya and will not be discouraged or intimidated by unjustified threats," said acting KPL chief Philip Omondi.

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