JUST IN: FIFA bans Kenya and Zimbabwe from international football

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The World football governing body, FIFA has banned both Kenya and Zimbabwe from international football due to what has been termed as government interference in running the sport in the country.

FIFA president, Gianni Infantino confirmed the latest development during the 18th FIFA Congress videoconference meeting held on Thursday, February 24.

“We had to suspend two of our member associations — Kenya and Zimbabwe. Both for government interference in the activities of the football associations of these associations.

“These associations are suspended from footballing activities with immediate effect and they know what needs to be done for them to be re-admitted or for the suspension to be lifted,” Gianni said.

Per Goal, Kenya was suspended after the Kenya Ministry of Sports, under Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed suspended the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) in November 2021 and appointed a caretaker committee that took charge of soccer activities in the country.

Kenya National team

Zimbabwe also suffer suspension after the country’s federation was suspended by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) in November 2021, citing alleged sexual harassment of female referees by technical staff and allegations of fraud, as the basis of their action.

Zimbabwe National team

The suspension is indefinite and means Kenya and Zimbabwe will not participate in all international football competitions. Meanwhile, local football leagues in the two countries will proceed.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Kenya and Zimbabwe know what to do to get back in action.

“They know what needs to be done for them to be readmitted or for their suspensions to be lifted,” Infantino said.

Letter from FIFA to the two nations:

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