FIFA Lifts Indefinite Ban on Kenyan Football

FIFA Lifts Indefinite Ban on Kenyan Football
Kenyan forward Michael Olunga celebrates his goal during a previous match by Harambee Stars at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi

Due to the ban, Kenya missed two major tournaments, including the Men's 2023 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers, while the Harambee Starlets failed to participate in a two-legged qualifying match

The world governing football body, FIFA, has today announced lifting of an indefinite ban on Kenyan football paving the way for the return of international football participation for Kenya. 

A statement released by FIFA secretary-General Fatma Samoura confirmed the lifting of the ban.

"The Bureau of Council decided on November 25th, 2022, to lift the suspension of the FKF with immediate effect," the statement read. 

The released statement also confirmed that the ban was lifted due to the reinstatement of the FKF Executive Committee by the Ministry of Sports Cabinet Secretary, Ababu Namwamba. 

"The Bureau confirmed that the Kenyan government, represented by the newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Sports, the Hon.Ababu Namwamba, had reinstated the FKF Executive Committee immediately.

“The Bureau also noted that the FKF General Secretary further asserted that the FKF offices had been handed back to the association’s elected leadership.”


In the statement, FIFA noted that a FIFA-CAF-led team would be deployed to Kenya for meetings with the FKF and the Sports CS. 

"A FIFA-CAF mission will be deployed to Nairobi to define the next steps for the FKF and meet with the newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Sports."

FIFA suspended Kenya from engaging in international football activities in February 2022. The ban was after the then Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Amina Mohammed, disbanded the FKF and sent all officials home over the misappropriation of funds. 

Amina Mohamed ordered FKF President Nick Mwendwa, CEO Barry Otieno and other officials to step aside pending investigations. 

She then formed a 12-person caretaker committee led by Aaron Ringera to lead the FKF, a decision that left a bitter taste in FIFA. 

Due to the ban, Kenya missed two major tournaments, including the Men's 2023 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers, while the Harambee Starlets failed to participate in a two-legged qualifying match for the World Cup against neighbouring Uganda.

The Kenyan clubs were also barred from participating in the CAF confederation and Champions League games. 

Sports CS Ababu Namwamba reinstated the FKF on November 4th under the leadership of Doris Petra, the vice of the former President, Nick Mwendwa. 

Nick Mwendwa, FKF President, has agreed to remain suspended until the court case against him is complete. 

"I must do away with this matter (court case) before I am fully integrated. FIFA is aware I am not trying to interfere in the running of the FKF.

"I am sure that this issue will be resolved in a short period," he said.