Minister aims to get Kenya back on track

November 7, 2006

NAIROBI, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Kenya's sports minister says he wants soccer to be resurrected in the east African nation as quickly as possible.

Inaugurating an interim committee to run the sport following the Government's decision to disolve the Kenyan Football Federation last week, minister Maina Kamanda told them: 'You have the responsibility to resurrect our popular sport as soon as you possibly can.

'I will not give you a time frame, but you all know that Kenyans are yearning for properly organised competitions.'

The Kenyan government dissolved the trouble-ridden KFF on Friday in a bid to stem months of chaos and Kamanda has selected an eight-man Caretaker Committee to revive the game.

FIFA banned Kenya from international competition on Oct. 24 for failing to respect signed agreements and for recurrent problems in their football federation.

The World governing body said the suspension would remain in place until further agreements were fully implemented.

'We shall invite clubs for a brainstorming meeting this weekend and we expect the leagues to resume shortly thereafter,' Mtana Lewa, who heads the committee, told reporters.

'We shall resurrect youth and women's competitions which have been lacking for years because that is the future of the sport,' he said.

FIFA has not reacted to the dissolution even when a faction of the disbanded KFF met last week to announce that they had resolved all contentious issues that divided the federation's members.

Two rival organisations had been running parallel Premier Leagues. FIFA wanted KPL to run a league featuring 18 clubs but the KFF set up a company, KFF PL, to run a 20-team league.