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Fifa acknowledges Sholei’s suspension

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Nairobi, Kenya, July 9-World football governing body, FIFA has approved the decision by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to suspend Vice Chairman Sammy Sholei and Nairobi branch Chairman Dan Shikanda.

In an email correspondence to Chairman Sam Nyamweya dated July 5, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke noted that the suspension of the two was done in accordance with the FKF statutes pending approval by the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

“We refer to the matter of reference and acknowledge receipt of your correspondence whose content received our full attention

“In particular, we have taken note that the National Executive Committee (NEC) has apparently passed a resolution indefinitely suspending Sammy Sholei and Dan Shikanda from all football related activities in the Republic of Kenya,” read the statement from Jerome Valcke.

The fate of the two now lies in the next AGM set for May 2013 where they will be allowed to defend themselves against the accusations levelled against them. This was reinforced by Valcke in his email where he called for sobriety in the handling of the matter.

“Since the stated suspension concerns its officials, our services deem it pertinent to remind you that according to the FKF constitution, the NEC may dismiss a person or body provisionally,” Valcke said.

“However, a justified motion for the definite suspension must be submitted to the next FKF General meeting for ratification, at which , the person in question has to be granted the right to speak in his own defence.”.

The two officials were suspended indefinitely on July 2 after they went to court to challenge the Special General Meeting called to ratify the new constitution with Sholei being replaced by NEC member Robert Asembo while Shikanda’s place was taken over by Michael Ouma.

They have been at odds with the other NEC members, with Sholei accusing the office bearers of corruption while Shikanda was opposed to the splitting of the Nairobi branch into two.

They have since withdrawn their court case and sought redress in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) after a meeting with Sports Assistant Minister Kabando Wa Kabando last Thursday.

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