Kenyan Football Federation refused court hearing

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A group allied to ousted Kenya Football Federation Chairman Mohammed Hatimy, Monday moved to a Nairobi court, seeking orders to set aside the decision of the court to endorse their rival as officials of Kenya Football Federation (KFF).

But their efforts hit a stone wall when civil division duty Judge Justice Alnashir Visran declined to issue the orders sought and instead, referred the matter to the presiding judge, Justice Hatari Waweru for hearing.

Visram said the applicants Hatimy, Titus Kasuve, Sammy Obingo, Jacob Kabanze Odundo, who were kicked out of KFF after they were found to be in office illegally, should appear before Waweru Wednesday for directions.

Last Friday, Waweru, barred the FIFA-recognised Hatimy group from presenting themselves as officials of KFF on grounds that they did not respond to the application filed by Sam Nyamweya and two others, who are recognised by the Kenya government as the bonafide national federation officials.

The court was satisfied with the material evidence submitted by the group led by Nyamweya, a former KFF secretary general and now chairman of the federation and proceeded to dismiss the defendants as “strangers who have been interfering with the management of KFF.”

Waweru restrained the Hatimy group from convening, assembling or chairing any meeting deliberating the affairs of the federation.

The court further stopped them from communicating to any person by way of purporting to be officials of the federation.

The long and short of the leadership dogging the federation was that Hatimy group skipped a special general meeting here and held a parallel one in Malindi, 500km east of Nairobi.

The meeting here gave the Nyamweya faction the mandate to run the sport and the consequent government recognition.

A close scrutiny of the list of delegates who attended the Hatimy faction meeting in Malindi, unearthed anomalies, including the death, long ago, of a number of the purported delegates.

The ouster of the group could put FIFA and the Kenya government on a collision course since they are pulling in different directions.

But since the matter was in court, coupled with the fact that FIFA President Sepp Blatter, is a lawyer, soccer analysts believed FIFA will not make a rush decision.

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