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By ESPN Staff
Nov 14, 2006

FIFA resumes talks with troubled Kenyan federation

NAIROBI, Nov 13 (Reuters) - FIFA has resumed dialogue with the dissolved Kenya Football Federation (KFF) after suspending the east African nation from international competition last month.

World soccer's governing body banned Kenya on Oct. 24 for failing to respect signed agreements and for recurrent problems in the KFF.

The Kenyan government dissolved the KFF this month in a bid to stem months of chaos and has selected an eight-man caretaker committee to revive the game.

The FIFA President's Delegate on Special Affairs Jerome Champagne said in a letter seen by Reuters on Monday that the world body supported an initiative by the dissolved KFF to comply with its demands.

A section of the dissolved KFF committee, led by former senior vice-chairman Mohamed Hatimy, met on Nov. 3 and resolved to implement all the recommendations contained in an agreement reached in Cairo in January.

'We are of the opinion that for the first time in months, such decisions move Kenyan football in the direction of modernising its structures based on the football organisational principles successfully implemented in countries such as England and South Africa,' Champagne wrote in a letter to Hatimy.

'The above represent positive steps towards renewed contacts and discussion with FIFA on a possible lifting of the ban imposed on Kenyan football,' said Champagne.

FIFA dismissed the setting up of the caretaker committee, saying it contravened the global body's statutes on independence of elected national governing bodies.

Kenyan football had two rival organisations running parallel Premier Leagues. FIFA wants Kenya Premier League Limited (KPL) to run a league featuring 18 clubs but the KFF set up a company, KFF PL, to run a 20-team league.

The caretaker committee held its first meeting with clubs at the weekend and announced it would restart the Premier League on Nov. 25.

FIFA has also suspended a list of international referees submitted by Kenya last month after allegations of corruption in their recruitment.