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Harambee Stars escape FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers hammer

Kenya’s Harambee Stars would take part in the 2022 World Cup Africa qualifiers after the country’s football federation reached an agreement with world governing body, FIFA, over the money owed to former coach Adel Amrouche.

FIFA had imposd a huge fine on FKF for wrongful dismissal of the coach. And Amrouche had not been paid the money.

It was gathered that FKF has managed to convince FIFA by reaching an agreement on how they will settle the coach’s dues.

A source from the federation and who did not want to be named told Goal: “We have good news from Zurich as Kenya will not be sanctioned for failure to pay Amrouche.”

“I am told FIFA and FKF have struck a deal and thus no punishment will be meted on Kenya and they will take part in the qualifiers.”

Kenyans were waiting with bated breath on Tuesday as FIFA was set to reveal a final ruling in the case pitting FKF against Amrouche.

After FKF failed to settle the sh109m fine imposed following the wrongful dismissal of the Belgian-born coach in 2014, Fifa gave Kenya an extended period of 30 days to pay the tactician and after failing to do so, it attracted FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee’s intervention.

The case was re-submitted for evaluation by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee after FKF failed to honour the initial date that had been given. FKF had been given until April 23 to clear their debt but they were unable to do so.

The Court of Arbitration for Sports made their ruling, awarding Amrouche Kes108,194,863, in September 2019, and on December 2019, FKF was again ordered to pay the Botswana head coach a further Kes1,181,511, which brought the amount to Kes109,376,374.

On February 28, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee wrote to FKF and instructed them to pay the fines but on March 3, the federation wrote back to the Zurich body requesting more time to settle the same.

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