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Fifa set to announce Kenya football election dates

By John Nene
BBC Sports Nairobi

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Kenyan football has been in turmoil for several years

World football governing body Fifa will this week announce the date for the long awaited Kenyan football elections.

Kenya's sports minister Paul Otuoma also says Fifa will spell out the election procedure and name members of the independent election committee.

According to Otuoma, the two warring factions in Kenyan football will not be part of the process.

"We want to have fair elections which will end the current wrangles once and for all,'' Otuoma told BBC Sport.

Two bodies, Football Kenya Limited (KFL) headed by Mohammed Hatmy and the Kenya Football Federation (KFF) led by Sam Nyamweya have been at loggerheads for years over who should run the sport in the country.

Otuoma reiterated the government's position on Football Kenya Limited, which is recognised by Fifa, but is considered illegal by the government.

"We have have found ourselves in this deep pit of despair because of the incompetent management of football by FKL," Otuoma stressed.

"There's no way a company can run a mass sport like football,'' he continued.

Otuoma said the best way to end the leadership problems facing Kenyan football at the moment, is to have free and fair elections.

He also suggested that the elections should take place before March next year.

The minister, who also announced the formation of a management committee to take charge of the national team, the Harambee Stars for two years, blamed the teams poor performance at this year's Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup on the incompetent management of the sport in the country.

The Harambee Stars are also bottom of Group J in qualifiers for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations with just a point from two matches.

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