Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa appeared in court today after the governing body's Executive Board was disbanded by the Government ©Getty Images

FIFA has warned Kenya may face a suspension after the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Executive Board was disbanded by the Government, with a Caretaker Committee placed in charge.

Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage and Culture, announced last week that a Caretaker Committee would run the national governing body.

She wrote that the decision followed preliminary findings of an inspection report, which was ordered last month.

Current FKF President Nick Mwendwa appeared earlier today in court over allegations stemming from the audit report.

Mwendwa was released on bail by the court.

FKF secretary general Barry Otieno was reportedly arrested earlier this week.

"On 14th October 2021, I directed the Registrar of Sports to undertake an inspection of the Football Kenya Federation pursuant to Section 52 (1) of the Sports Act (2013) following an extended deterioration of the state of football management in Kenya," Mohamed wrote.

"The Sports Act allows the Ministry to intervene in the management of sports organisations where a sports organisation fails to adhere to proper corporate governance processes that include financial management.

"Over the past few years, the Football Kenya Federation has faced several governance issues that have been of great concern to the Ministry.

"First, the Football Kenya Federation has failed to account for all the monies allocated to it by the Government.

"All beneficiaries of the Fund are as a matter of course trained on how to apply, utilise and account for the funds.

"The beneficiaries are also aware that they are required to fully disclose any financial assistance received from other sponsors. 

"Football Kenya Federation has fallen short of this requirement."

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage and Culture Amina Mohamed placed a Caretaker Committee in charge of  FKF ©Getty Images
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage and Culture Amina Mohamed placed a Caretaker Committee in charge of FKF ©Getty Images

Conclusions of the preliminary report included the removal of current FKF officials, allowing for further investigations into alleged misappropriation of funds.

An audit was also ordered, as well as a decision not to release funds to the organisation unless previous funds are accounted for.

A 15-member Committee led by Justice Aaron Ringera was appointed by Mohamed to lead the organisation for six months, before new elections are held.

Mohamed highlighted the success of similar moves in Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana and Chad in recent years.

Football’s governing body FIFA has established Normalisation Committees in Cameroon, Egypt and Ghana in recent years.

FIFA however suspended Chad earlier this year citing Government interference, after authorities opted to establish their own National Committee to manage the federation’s affairs.

The suspension was lifted last month after the Government repealed the move, with FIFA vowing to hold discussions with national authorities, the federation and the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

FIFA chief member association officer Kenny Jean-Marie has reportedly written to the FKF warning their membership could be suspended should the Caretaker Committee remain in place.

"All FIFA member associations, including the FKF, are statutorily required to manage their affairs independently and without undue influence of any third parties," Jean-Marie wrote, according to Kenyan outlet Capital FM.

"Any failure to these obligations may lead to sanctions provided for in the FIFA Statutes, even if the third party influence was not the fault of the member association concerned.

"We consider that the aforementioned decision by the Cabinet Secretary to appoint a FKF Caretaker Committee in lieu of the elected FKF Executive Committee is undoubtedly contrary to the above principles.

"Should this be considered as undue Government interference in the internal affairs of the FKF, it could lead to a ban imposed on the FKF by the competent FIFA body."

The FIFA official reportedly offered to hold a meeting with the Ministry of Sport and the FKF to address concerns.

A letter was also sent by FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura, urging the FKF Executive Committee to be instated.

Despite the turmoil, Kenya's men's national team secured a 2-1 win over Rwanda yesterday to conclude their FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

The result was their sole win in the second round of qualifying, meaning they will miss out on a place at Qatar 2022.

Kenya failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, which is due to take place in Cameroon during January and February.