Harambee Stars await with bated breath to hear World Cup fate

  • There is a growing fear as Kenyans are eager to hear the national team’s fate today as Adel Amrouche’s compensation case will be re-submitted for evaluation by the Fifa Disciplinary Committee in Switzerland.

The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) owes Adel a wrong dismissal compensation amounting to sh109 million. The tactician was a given wrong dismissal in 2014 and later reinstituted on February 5, 2016, and afterward sidelined.

FKF was given until April 23 to clear their debt failure to which the world cup body would reschedule a date for evaluation. The order was issued by Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) on September 19 last year. Today is the d day.

The worse possible consequence for FKF is throwing Harambee Stars out of the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers. If the body fails to provide proof of payment Fifa Disciplinary Committee will decide on the case using the file in its possession (cf. art. 20 par. 5 of the Fifa Disciplinary Code).

The Disciplinary Committee has done its part in providing extensions as it stated: “In this regard, we take due note from the content of the abovementioned correspondence that the Football Kenya Federation allegedly did not pay the amounts due to the coach Adel Amrouche within the granted deadline and that the latter therefore requests that further disciplinary sanctions be imposed on the Football Kenya Federation.”

“In this sense, we kindly inform the parties that, in accordance with point 4. of the decision passed by the Chairman of the Fifa Disciplinary Committee on 23 March 2020, the case will be resubmitted to a member of the Fifa Disciplinary Committee on 18 May 2020 for evaluation in order to decide on harsher sanctions to be imposed on the Football Kenya Federation, which may lead, amongst others, to possible expulsion from Fifa competitions.” The body’s spokesperson concluded.

The national team tried its best. Harambee stars, Mali, Uganda, and Rwanda are in Group E of the Qatar qualifiers

The government has not committed to helping the FKF pay the fine and whether the former will change their stance is yet to be known. According to Nick Mwendwa, the body awaits Fifa’s verdict.

Sports CS Ambassador Amina Mohamed said: “The Ministry has advised FKF to pursue other alternatives in settling the matter including negotiating for staggered payments with Amrouche.”

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