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Kenyan FA in trouble as cash goes missing and investigators are called in

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By Andrew Warshaw
July 26 – Kenya are the latest African country to come under the spotlight for alleged footballing corruption over allegations that several hundred thousand dollars, part of it a donation from FIFA, have gone missing. The country’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has received information about the alleged misappropriation of up to $410,000 by the Kenyan FA (FKA), according to the EACC’s public relation chief Yasin Ayila.

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Critics sceptical of measures to resolve Nigerian club crisis

Bolaji Abdullahi

By Mark Baber
July 23 – A week after an emergency meeting between the Nigerian Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi (pictured) and board members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the League Management Company (LMC) and Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), doubts are being expressed about the feasibility of the measures promised by the Sports Minister, which included paying players the money they are owed and instituting a minimum wage.

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FIFA lifts international ban as Cameroon acts to ‘normalise’

Fecafoot HQ

By Andrew Warshaw
July 23 – FIFA has lifted Cameroon’s suspension from world football, allowing the Indomitable Lions to play a key World Cup qualifier against Libya. FIFA imposed the ban on July 4, preventing Cameroon from taking part in all football activity after ruling that the government had interfered in the Cameroon Football Federation’s (Fecafoot) elections in June, breaching FIFA rules obliging member associations to manage their affairs independently.

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Nigerian prostitution scandal raises tempers as minister demands change

Dilichukwu Onyedinma

By Mark Baber
July 17 – With President Goodluck Jonathan due to inaugurate the Football House, the new headquarters of the Nigeria Football Federation, on Thursday, the crisis of football administration in the country, revealed by the FCT Queens scandal, has led to calls from the country’s Sports Minister for clubs unable or unwilling to pay the backlog in players’ salaries to be barred from competing in the coming season.

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Bubayaro owner disbands Nigerian club over ‘goal-fest’ shame

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July 11 – The owner of one of the teams caught up in Nigeria’s match-fixing goal-fest scandal has disowned and disbanded the club. Nigerian authorities have imposed an indefinite ban on all four teams involved in two recent playoff games that ended with Plateau United Feeders annihilating Akurba FC 79-0 and Police Machine FC demolishing Bubayaro 67-0.

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