Blatter accuses Kenya of corruption


In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Raila Odinga dated May 28, Fifa President Joseph Blatter expressed concern over leadership wrangles in KFF, but also pledged to work closely with the Kenyan government so that the country could realise her football potential.

"Unfortunately, in the past 10 years, Kenyan football has been marred by controversies touching on corruption, inadequate management, tribalism and internal wrangling over short-term personal ambitions," said Blatter.

Blatter also noted what he termed as "repetitive legal actions on any football question for example blocking the registration of the internally-recognised leaders of the KFF, constant interference from various ministers in charge of sport, parallel league and defamation campaigns in the media."

In what could be a radical departure from Fifa's previous engagements with past ministers in charge of Sports, Blatter said: "On behalf of the world football governing body, we express our commitment to continue helping Kenyan football and to work with you and your recently appointed minister in charge of Sports, the Hon Hellen Sambili."

Blatter's comments come in the wake of a plea by the government for Fifa to take a proactive role and help end the leadership wrangles that rocked KFF.

Fifa had threatened to suspend Kenya a week before the 2010 World Cup/Africa Nations Cup qualifiers after a High Court ruled in favour of leaders not recognised by the world body.

However, the intervention of the Prime Minister and Sports Minister after Fifa issued a 72-hour ultimatum, earned the country a temporary reprieve.

Odinga later assured Kenyans that Fifa would not ban the country saying they had requested for more time to solve the crisis.

Sambili, too, had on May 24 said the Government was in constant touch with the world body and had requested it to play a proactive role, which includes calling for fresh KFF elections.

And in the letter to the Prime Minister, Blatter said as part of ways for Kenya to realise its vision, there was need for a strong co-operation between the governmental authorities, local federation and its members (leagues and clubs), CAF and Fifa.