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Alila’s FKF Administration to Rejuvenate Beach Soccer and Futsal

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In Brazil, footballers begin playing on the beach, before moving on to futsal and then grass to international stardom and no wonder the South American nation produces world’s best players and hold the record of winning the most World Cups,” remarked Football Kenya Federation (FKF) presidential candidate Tom Alila.

Alila in his manifesto will rejuvenating prioritise beach soccer and futsal (football that is played on a hard-court) as it has been neglected and not accorded the seriousness that they deserve.

Alila said beach soccer and Futsal can create more football playing opportunities and create alternative means of playing the popular sport as regular football has been flooded by many players.

Alila said beach soccer is also good for regular football preparations as football stars, as well as many other sportsmen and sportswomen take the best advantage of the benefits of the beach for their physical preparation. As experts point, the beach sand is an ideal surface to reinforce articulations and recover from joint injuries thanks to its instability and irregularity.

“Beach soccer is an extremely beneficial sport. Just like regular soccer, it gets your legs moving and sets your blood pressure at a good level. Playing on the sand gets your body moving in more difficult ways, which will increase a player’s physical condition. Plus, sand is a great shock absorber, which means no injuries for the player’s body,” he said.

He said even though the current federation has worked to bring back Beach soccer in the country but it has not done enough as it has been reduced to be played on a tournament basis.

“I will start a league that runs throughout the year. Encourage corporate and counties especially at the Coastal and lakeside region to adopt the sport and field teams from their areas,” he said.

Alila said since Beach soccer is mostly played by the ocean or at the lake side where there’s plenty of sand, his administration will collaborate with the various county governments which are based around these areas to construct beach soccer stadiums for play.

 

“Players from the Coast and the Lake region can take advantage of their proximity to sandy beaches to nurture and harness their talents as they seek an alternative way of playing football and hence earn from the sport,” he said.

Alila said if elected he will propose to Sports Kenya and the county governments to convert basketball, volleyball courts and gymnasiums for futsal playing purposes and encourage stakeholders to starts, futsal teams.

“I will support the formation of a body to run beach soccer and futsal and adopt them as members of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) where they also sit at the AGM and have voting rights just like the Players, Coaches and Referees Associations,” he said.

The participation of internationally renowned players such as flamboyant, four times English Premier League (EPL) winner with Manchester United Frenchman Eric Cantona Brazilians, Romario winner of 1994 World Cup and best player, 1985 Italian Serie A best player, 1981 Intercontinental Cup Most Valuable Player Zico has helped to expand television coverage to large audiences in over 170 countries worldwide.

Others are Spanish duo of Michel a six times Spanish league winner with Real Madrid and 1986 La Liga Spanish player of the year, Julio Salinas who won the Uefa Cup Winners Cup and European Cup with FC Barcelona

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Nyamweya threatens FKF Board with litigation

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Former FKF President Sam Nyamweya, alongside former CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye have threatened court action if the FKF Electoral Board goes ahead with releasing the rules for the upcoming FKF Elections.

The Board has set Tuesday, August 11, 2020, as the date it will release the calendar and roadmap for the elections that have twice been canceled by the Sports Disputes Tribunal.

In a demand letter sent to the Board through their lawyers, Nyamweya and Musonye argued that the Board had no mandate to publish regulations for the elections. The duo’s sentiments were backed in the letter by former Gor Mahia CEO Lordvic Omondi Aduda, former FKF CEO Michael Esakwa, former AFC Leopards Chairman Alex Ole Magelo, former FKF Vice-Chairman Twaha Mbarak, and businessman, Steve Mburu.

FKF ELECTORAL BOARD DEMAND

“We wish to bring to your attention:

a) Pursuant to the ruling of the Sports Dispute Tribunal, the entire electoral process was nullified and you can therefore not purport to publish a road map and regulations on “pending” elections as the entire process was nullified therefore the entire process has to be done afresh.
b) That you have no authority or power to issue any regulations or roadmap on FKF elections as your mandate is limited to overseeing National and County Elections, and you can also appoint an individual or institution to oversee sub-county elections.
c) That the ruling of the Sports Disputes Tribunal is still in place and therefore you cannot resume your work until there the rules of engagement of the elections are established by the stakeholders.
d) That any roadmap or regulation on FKF elections that is made without the involvement of Football stakeholders is unconstitutional and therefore null and void.
e) That any roadmap or regulation on FKF elections that is made in contravention with the ruling of the Sports Disputes Tribunal in SDT 3 and 5 of 2020 is contemptuous.

We are therefore instructed to demand that you immediately withdraw your press statement of 6th August 2020 and that you cease and desist from making further contemptuous statements or action,” read part of the demand letter.

“Kindly note that if you fail to comply with this demand, we have irrevocable instructions from our clients to institute legal proceedings against you at your peril as to costs and attendant consequences,” concluded the letter.

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FKF Elections: Board to Release Polls Guidelines

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The much delayed Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections will be back on course as the polls roadmap will be released on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020.

The FKF Electoral Board has invited the media to cover the release of the elections roadmap, calendar, and guidelines at its offices based at the FKF House, Goal Project at 11 am.

Last week, Tuesday, August 4th, the FKF Electoral board chairperson Kentic Tikolo said the polls body was readying itself for the elections after receiving communication from world governing football body, FIFA in regard to the polls.

Tikolo said the Electoral Board of Football Kenya Federation is in receipt of communication from world football governing body FIFA, directing the board on the next steps with regard to the pending FKF
Elections.

“Consequently, and in the spirit of transparency and fairness, the board will publish the road map and regulations to be used in overseeing the said elections,” said Tikolo.

On March 17th, 2020, the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) for the second consecutive time called off Football Kenya Federation (FKF) national elections scheduled for March 27th.

Earlier, the Sports tribunal had on December 3, 2019, nullified the elections, citing inadequate public participation on the Electoral Code as well as an improperly constituted Electoral Board.

The ruling effectively canceled the elections for the first time which were scheduled for Saturday, December 7th, 2020 in Nairobi.

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Journalist Bonface Osano Joins Race For FKF Presidency

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Renowned African football journalist Bonface Osano is the latest entrant in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) presidential race.

Osano, 34, is not new to football management as he has previously served as Deputy Secretary of former Kenyan Premier League side, Agro Chemicals FC.

He promises to give Kenyan football a new face and restore credibility in it’s management.

“Kenyan football needs a fresh breath of air; most of the people who are offering themselves for the top job have been tested and failed spectacularly hence I believe it’s time for a credible person with fresh ideas to move the game to the next level,” said Osano.

Osano’s bid is based on four broad pillars namely governance and accountability, partnerships, commercialization and development.

“The plan is to see that the federation can run all it’s programs independently like the South Africa’s football body (SAFA), and to achieve this, good governance and accountability will be key to attract more partners,” said Osano.

He pledges to incorporate Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) within FKF.

“Secondary schools have continued to play a vital role in nurturing football talents and I want to work with them closely by facilitating training of teachers who are involved in coaching to a minimum of CAF C badge,” continued Osano.

His short term plan is to take the Harambee Stars and Starlets to the next Nations Cups and to ensure the two top tier leagues are properly managed and players’ welfare well taken care of.

Osano will be up against the incumbent Nick Mwendwa, Herbert Mwachiro, Nick Musonye among others.

FKF Electoral Board is expected to give a roadmap for the repeat polls next week Tuesday.

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