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FIFA bans Kenya and Zimbabwe

FIFA president Gianni Infantino

World football governing body Fifa has suspended Kenya and Zimbabwe over government interference

At a press conference held on Thursday, Infantino confirmed the development. Kenya’s Ministry of Sports – under Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed -suspended the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) in November 2021 and appointed a caretaker committee that took charge of soccer activities in the country.

In Zimbabwe, the country’s federation was suspended by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) in November 2021 also. While the government-appointed commission disbanded Zifa, it cited some of the reasons, including alleged sexual harassment of female referees by technical staff and allegations of fraud, as the basis of their action.

A suspension was somewhat looming, following the recent communication by the FIFA in November last year, where Chief Member Associations Officer Kenny Jean-Marie threatened to ban Kenya from football-related activities.

However, Jean-Marie said FIFA was willing to hold a meeting with FKF officials and the Ministry of Sports to address concerns.

According to the FIFA Statutes published in 2018, each member association is responsible towards FIFA for any acts of the members of their bodies.

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