By Andrew Warshaw
February 10 – Kenya’s ladies footballers have urged FIFA president Gianni Infantino to personally intervene to permit an important World Cup qualifier to go forward and save their dream of reaching subsequent yr’s finals.
The gamers declare they’re getting used as a negotiating tactic in a festering dispute between the Kenyan FA (FKD) and authorities over alleged monetary irregularities which have resulted of their upcoming ladies’s qualifier in opposition to Uganda being blocked.
In December, Kenyan FA chief Nick Mwendwa resigned after being charged with a number of counts of fraud, throwing into turmoil Kenya’s whole footballing administration. One month earlier the federal government disbanded the FKF over corruption allegations and appointed a caretaker committee to supervise the game for a interval of six months.
With no decision in sight, the FA is reported to have mandated the Confederation of African Soccer to cancel subsequent week’s ladies’s World Cup second spherical qualifier in opposition to Uganda who look set to be awarded a walkover.
Consequently, your entire Kenyan ladies’s staff has taken the bizarre step of interesting on to Infantino to intervene “in order that we will hold alive our dream to play within the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup.”
“Soccer is not only a recreation for males, it’s additionally a recreation for ladies,” stated the letter, seen by Insideworldfootball.
“Women and men flip up for our video games of their 1000’s to cheer us on. Sooner or later we want to symbolize Kenya on the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup.
“However … that path is blocked for us. .The federation says that, due to the dispute, they will’t prepare our final qualifying match for the African Ladies’s Cup of Nations (AWCON).
The AWCON is our solely path to the 2023 FIFA World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. We have now been coaching daily for 2 weeks in Nairobi to prepare for this match in opposition to Uganda however we have no idea if it’s going to ever happen.”
“Even when we lose to Uganda, at the least we’d have tried our greatest to make our individuals proud.”