Ten Football Kenya Federation (FKF) sub-branches have dismissed calls for the formation of a Normalization Committee insisting that the state of football in the country does not warrant for such.
They have instead expressed concern that the country risks being banned if the top brass goes against the FIFA directive issued late last month, a move that could water down the many gains made over the last four years.
According to Hon. Elias Murega who chairs the Meru Central sub-branch, those calling for the formation of such a committee have no interest of football in the country and are only interested in the country getting banned by FIFA.
“Those calling for normalisation committee have no teams they are running and so their only interest is to spoil what has been built on the ground. It is a well-known fact that FIFA does not condone any form of interference which will attract a ban,” said Hon. Murega, who doubles up as the MCA for Meru Central ward as well as Deputy Speaker in the Meru County Assembly.
Busia sub-branch chairman Hillary Wandera said those calling for a normalisation committee have not been active in football and as such, don’t have the interests of football stakeholders at heart.
“The real stakeholders are players, coaches and referees and they are satisfied with what has been done so far. In Western branch, we did not support the current regime when they were elected but they have done a lot to convince us that they deserved to be in office.
“For the first time, we have had coaching and referees’ courses as well as active youth programs. We don’t want to spoil all these with a FIFA ban,” he said.
Nothing to normalise
Westlands sub-branch Chairman Hamisi also added to the calls against a normalisation committee.
“We have had activities going on for the last four years and therefore there is nothing to be normalised. Such a committee only comes into place when there is a huge crisis which is not the case.”
“We are not afraid of repeating the elections even ten times as we are confident of winning,” he said.
Suba sub-branch secretary Peter Diela said such a committee, if put in place, will halt a number of activities on the ground.
“Let us give credit where it is due. For the first time, we as Suba-branch have a running league. Our referees and coaches have also been trained and are giving back to the youth. Sponsors have also come on board at our level and we therefore don’t see the need for such a committee,” he said.
Other sub-branches who dismissed the formation of a normalisation committee are: Kaloleni, Machakos, Siaya, Kitui, Dagoretti and Kisumu.