Meeting date set

January 29, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, January 29 – The reconciliation committee formed by to help resolve football wrangles in this country will hold its first meeting on February 5.

Minister for sports Helen Sambili said on Thursday that she had already sent invites to its members for the first meeting of the committee which was agreed upon by Fifa and the government in Zurich last week.

“I have already invited CAF and Fifa to nominate and send its representatives for the meeting as well as FKL and KFF and I remain hopeful that working together we shall be able to find a lasting solution to this issue which will enable football to flourish in this country,” she said.

Fifa meanwhile have written to the minister giving its position regarding the formation of Football Kenya Limited.
In its letter, Fifa says it recognizes the newly formed body adding that it was formed in accordance to its statutes.

The world soccer governing body adds that the only thing remaining is the way that Kenya football Federation should be resolved.

“Fifa accepts the transformation of Kenya football Federation to football Kenya Limited as it was compatible with Fifa statutes. Consequently, FKL is considered as the Kenya governing body of football,” read the statement.

“The issue at stake now is how to register the dissolution of the old Kenya Football Federation which was done according to its status during its special general meeting on November 15,” it adds.

Fifa has referred various interested parties to seek advice from Kenyan law on the issue.

“The question of how to deregister KFF can only be answered by an expert in Kenyan Law. A political solution maybe the only way forward since

Sambili said that they had forwarded Fifa’s ruling to the ministry’s legal adviser to find out what the Kenyan law states regarding the same.

“We have received their verdict on the current situation in Kenya and we have now asked our legal experts to look over the same matter and come up with regarding the same issue,” said Sambili.

She also thanked Fifa for its commitment to resolving the issues which has been ongoing for the past few years.

“I feel there are good intentions from Fifa and I would like to thank Fifa president Sepp Blatter and his officers for their willingness to listen to us and I believe that we will be able to get a solution,” she added.



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