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Betika, FKF Cushions Footballers against Corona Economic Hardships



Betting firm Betika has intervened to cushion Kenyan footballers from the economic hardships occasioned by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

In a partnership with Football Kenya Federation (FKF), Betika has injected a Sh5.3 million package for Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and the second tier Betika National Super League (BSL) clubs players.

Thirty players drawn from the 17 KPL and 19 BSL clubs will each take home a KES 5,000 token from the leading online gaming firm.

At hand to receive the token was Gor Mahia captain Kenneth Muguna and his Nairobi City Stars counterpart Anthony Kimani, on behalf of the 36 clubs at the event that was held on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at the  FKF House, Goal Project in Kasarani.

“Thank you Betika for your generosity and FKF for bringing on board this well-wisher to support us at this opportune time,” said Kenneth Muguna.

Anthony Kimani, capped 10 times by the national football team Harambee Stars, welcomed the gesture.

“Never before has football been suspended to this extent and this token, though not enough, will go a long way in cushioning us against the economic effects of the global pandemic.”

While presenting the cheque to FKF President Nick Mwendwa and the two captains, Betika commercial Head John Mbatia reiterated the leading online gaming firm’s commitment to supporting Kenyan football.

“Football has been largely affected by this pandemic and it is for this reason that we opted to partner FKF in supporting our players,” he said.

On March 13th, 2020, FKF suspended football activities on the country following a directive by the government banning public gatherings after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Kenya.

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Dickson Oruko: We have a very Democratic Federation under Nick Mwendwa




FKF Nyanza North branch secretary Dickson Oruko, has expressed his sentiments towards the administration of the current Federation under FKF President Nick Mwendwa.

He is also a member of the National FKF Referees appointment committee.

He has commended the current Federation for regaining confidence from the corporate world due to their good management and transparency of their accounts.

“The current administration has regained confidence from the corporate world which has brought in sponsors for the National Super League and grassroots football,”said Oruko.

He further lauded the current Federation for their democracy that allows football adminstrators to air their views on decisions the Federation makes.

“The current Federation embraces the views of all its members when making decisions that affect the football fraternity in Kenya,” continued Oruko.

Mr Oruko noted that there is a big disparity on how the current Federation run its works to how the previous Federation did it.

“FKF President Nick Mwendwa, gave NEC members an opportunity to run the division two league which in the previous regime was under the National office,”said Dickson Oruko

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Harambee Stars keeper Patrick Matasi exalts AFCON bonuses, Ethiopian experience




In life, there is always that big break that comes your way and changes your life forever.

For St. George’s and Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi it was helping the Kenya national team qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals last year in Egypt.

The qualification ushered in a big payday which enabled the former AFC Leopards, Posta Rangers and Tusker player to complete his house in Kakamega town.

And so, every-time Matasi travels to Kakamega, he does not have to worry where he will spend the night. More importantly, his wife and child put up in the three-bedroomed magnificent bungalow.

Besides that, Matasi explains that he also completed the construction of his mother’s house in the village.

“The preparations ahead of the qualification matches for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals were always top-notch right from our first match against Sierra Leone.

“That is why even before our last match against Ghana away we held discussions with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) in regards to the bonuses to agree on how to divide the same.

“This helped us to focus and had nothing bothering us ahead of the training camp in France. For myself, I added the money to what I had received as the sign-on fee from my move to St.George’s and I completed my house in Kakamega,” he explained.

“My mother’s house was also not completed and I went ahead to complete the same so that she can have somewhere decent to stay,” said Matasi.

The goalkeeper was one of the outstanding players in the tournament and he admits that it created interest in some of the biggest clubs on the continent including former African champions league winners T.P Mazembe.

Matasi saved a penalty from Sadio Mane during Kenya’s second match against Senegal which the former lost 3-0.

“We did our best despite this being our first time in the tournament. The lack of experience was a big factor but now we have learned and we believe it will better next time. This was a good opportunity for us and it helped expose a lot of our players and with it several opportunities,” said Matasi.

Being in his second season in Ethiopia, Matasi says he has settled and is looking forward to doing even better.

“The first season was tough as I had to live in camp where the food was predictable. I have now moved into my own house and it allows me to sample different dishes.

“On the pitch, I had a not so good first leg in the first season conceding 11 goals. The second leg was better with only two goals conceded. I was looking to do even better this season but it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic,” he concluded.

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“Mwendwa is an inspiration to grassroots football Leadership,” asserts FKF Nairobi Boss



FKF Nairobi West Branch secretary Caleb Malweyi has attributed current FKF President Nick Mwendwa as an inspiration to grassroots leadership.

“The level of integrity the current FKF President, Nick Mwendwa, upholds is a source of inspiration for me as a leader to try us much as possible to deliver on the ground in order to materialize his dream,” said Malweyi

He further revealed that operations at the grassroots have been smooth because of the bar that has been placed by Mwendwa.

Malweyi who is the FKF Nairobi West branch elect said one to work smoothly with Mr. Nick Mwendwa one has to match the same level of honesty and integrity.

“This is shown by how the current administration is very transparent in their affairs especially in terms of their accountability; in that they present an accounting report on a yearly basis to its branch governors, hence putting them in good books with its members,” he quipped.

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