Kenya crisis continues.....
Posted: 30 October 2009 Time: 1:32 pm
It is not exactly new, but Kenyan football continues to be enmeshed in controversy ahead of next month's 2010 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.
While the KFF and KPL battle for administrative supremacy, the national coaches association have stepped in to compel national coach Antoine Hey to recall five players, including star forward Denis Oliech to the national team.
Kenya's Tower of Babel was no different prior to their opening day loss to Tunisia, where it got so bad that kit for the game had to be purchased from local stores in Nairobi.
This time, the government-supported KFF tried, unsuccessfully to hijack the organsiation of the game from the FIFA-backed KPL, a move that prompted KPL vice President Titus Kasuve to brand the rival organisation as 'jokers'.
“Ignorance is no defence. This match is organised under the auspices of Fifa. KFL is the association recognised and affiliated to Fifa,” Kasuve told BBC Sport.
“Nobody else in this country can pretend to print tickets for [national team] matches or organise any national team. “If you went to that other group and asked them-where are the match officials coming from? Where is the match commissioner coming from? Where will the match be played? They know nothing.
“They can’t even write to clubs to request for our foreign-players to be released for the game. Nobody recognises them. They are just big jokers.”
Early this week, the Kenya Football coaches Association Kefoca came out with a press statement asking Hey to recall Oliech and four others to the squad.
Jamal Mohammed, Edgar Ochieng, Lawrence Owino and Duncan Ochieng are the players being pushed by Kefoca.
Hey is yet to dignify their request with a response, and is expected to be shown the door immediately after the qualifiers are concluded.