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Reprieve for FKF as FIFA allows Exco to stay in office pending final decision

The current Football Kenya Federation Executive Committee has received a major boost after International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) ruled that they will stay in office pending the final decision on the prolonged elections.

The World Governing body has stated that it does not recognize the jurisdiction of the Sports Disputes Tribunal as an ultimate arbitration forum at the national level.  The decision by the SDT that FKF should vacate office since their term had already expired has been disapproved.

The SDT wanted a Normalization Committee to be formed and assume the office before fresh elections are held but FIFA holds that their ruling has no legal effect.

“First and foremost, we would like to highlight that the FKF statutes do not expressly recognize the jurisdiction of SDT as being the ultimate arbitration forum at the national level” reads part of the statement.

“Therefore, we wish to emphasize the relevant SDT ruling has no binding legal effect on Fifa.” the statement further explains.

The Federation will remain in office till FIFA meets the Cabinet secretary of Sports Amina Mohammed and the FKF Executive Committee in Zurich with the meeting scheduled to happen on April 6, 2020. The date may, however, change due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

“Pending this meeting, and for the avoidance of doubt, the current FKF Executive Committee, members and including its president shall remain in office,” the statement ends.

SDT rulings saw the Federation’s National Elections which were set for March 27 cancelled while the County elections that took place in November were nullified.

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