FIFA resumes funding of Kenya's Youth Programme

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- World soccer governing body, FIFA has resumed funding of the Kenya Football Federation (KFF) Youth Development Programme, a KFF official has said.
KFF Treasurer, Levi Obondo disclosed Wednesday on his arrival from the FIFA Congress in Argentina that the first instalment of the FIFA 250,000 US-dollar grant is expected this week.
FIFA had suspended funding the programme last year following claims of alleged mismanagement.
Auditors were later appointed to scrutinise KFF's books to ascertain the claims, but the findings were never made public.
"FIFA has agreed to start disbursing the funds following a successful follow-up on a previous visit by the (KFF) Federation," said KFF Secretary-General, Hassan Haji, who attended the FIFA Congress with Obondo.
The National Youth Development Programme is being co-ordinated by Germany's Manfred Steves, who clashed at one stage with the KFF, which had wanted to terminate his service.
This resulted in strained relations between the KFF and the German non-governmental Organisation GTZ, which seconded Steves to Kenya.
But the Kenya government, through the Sports Ministry stepped in and resolved the dispute.
Steves has since resumed duties as the Programme Co-ordinator.
Kenya is one of the beneficiaries of FIFA grants for the youth development programme, and KKF says its immediate plan is to establish a strong national under-17 team and revive the Olympic Youth Centres, which collapsed in the mid-1980's.
The Centres established by another German coach, Bernadt Zgoll, also seconded to Kenya by GTZ, produced some of Kenya's best players, that won silver for the country at the 1987 fourth All Africa Games in Nairobi.

12 july 2001 20:38:00

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