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FIFA Lifts Kenya’s Suspension

August 6, 2004

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) _ Kenya’s suspension was lifted by soccer’s governing body Friday, allowing the country to resume World Cup qualifying.

FIFA suspended Kenya from international competition June 2 because the government had taken over the national soccer federation.

Three qualifiers leading to the 2006 World Cup had been suspended, but FIFA said the games against Guinea, Morocco and Tunisia can now be reset. Kenya, ranked 87th of FIFA’s 205 member federations, has never reached the World Cup.

The action by FIFA’s emergency committee is expected to be endorsed next year by the FIFA Congress.

After the government’s soccer takeover, a FIFA committee ran the Kenyan federation. The committee _ led by Kipchoge Keino, president of the Kenyan National Olympic Committee _ drew up new rules that FIFA said met ``all of the necessary conditions.″

In another matter, FIFA said it set up a group to assist organizers of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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