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City Stars Pioneer as the Betika Super League Leaders

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The 2006 President’s (Football Association ) Cup champions Nairobi City set the pace as the Betika Super League pioneering leaders despite drawing.

Nairobi City Stars formerly World Hope were held to a barren draw by fellow former Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Ushuru in a midweek Super league clash who j were the first matches under the sponsorship of betting firm Betika.

The draw maintained Nairobi City Stars lead and unbeaten run streak of the 2019/20 Betika Super League (BSP) season.

Nairobi City Stars are at the summit of the league standings with 36 points as the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) side Ushuru FC remained at number six with 21 points.

Second placed Nairobi Stima failed to close the gap on their fellow city based club after fighting to a goalles draw against Kibera Black Stars in Naivasha to stay in second spot, six points adrift the league leaders.

Bidco failed to capitalize on Nairobi Stima’s draw to jump into second place by succumbing into a 3-2 loss away against Modern Coast in Mombasa.

Despite the loss Bidco’s third place slot was not threatened as they were not dislodged thanks to Vihiga United not having a midweek fixture.

Vihiga United which joined the Super League this season after being relegated from KPL share the same number of points at 28 with a game in hand but dwarfed on an inferior goal difference by Bidco.

Irrespective of their win Modern Coast are still in the basement of the standings with 12 points to be placed in 17th spot.

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FKF kick-starts fresh elections Process

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Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has kick-started the process for fresh elections by issuing a notice to it’s members over the electoral code.

The federation issued notices to all its members to hold engagement meetings aimed at deliberating on the 2019/2020 FKF electoral Code in compliance with orders issued by the Sports Disputes Tribunal over public participation.

The notices were issued in a letter addressed to 20 FKF branches, 18 Kenyan Premier League Clubs, 8 FKF National Super League Clubs, 8 Division One League Clubs, One Women Premier League Club and One representative each from the Kenyan footballers, referees, and coaches’ associations.

The branches will be required to send back minutes of their deliberations on or before January 8th, 2020, to FKF Secretary General, to be forwarded to the federation’s NEC for discussions.

Thereafter, FKF executive shall discuss the recommendations by the members and then issue notices for a Special General Meeting (SGM) to ventilate and pass the electoral code to pave way for the repeat elections.

In the letter, dated December 7th, 2019 addressed to members by the FKF Secretary General, Barry Otieno, stated;

‘Further to the Sports Disputes Tribunal ruling dated December 3, 2019 nullifying the FKF county elections held on November 23, 2019, the FKF National Executive Committee in a meeting held on December 5, 2019 passed a resolution to comply with the orders of the Sports Disputes Tribunal.”

“Consequently, notice is hereby given that all members of FKF hold engagement meetings to deliberate on the 2019/2019 FKF electoral Code attached herein. All branches are required to invite all their members in that period for deliberations and have a record of the decisions captured in form of minutes.

Upon deliberation by the NEC on the decisions by the members, a Special General Meeting will be convened, which will serve to pass a vote on the Electoral Code. The NEC shall also propose an Electoral Board, which will be up for a vote on the same day.

If passed, the Board will henceforth be mandated to conduct the repeat elections.” read the letter in full.

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FKF accepts Polls Cancellation Ruling

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The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) will comply with the recent orders by the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) canceling the federation’s polls.

FKF president Nick Mwendwa broke the silence after the tribunal’s to publicly comment on the matter for the first time since the cancellation of the elections which were scheduled for Saturday, December 7th in Nairobi.

Mwendwa as federation legally in office will uphold the rule of law even though they don’t agree with tribunal’s verdict about the elections.

“We shall abide to the latter the orders that were issued by the tribunal and hold a fresh electoral process as ordered,” he said.

Addressing the press in Nairobi, Mwendwa said he was relaying the stand by the FKF National Executive Committee (NEC) where they have amended the electoral code for public participation.

On December 3rd, the Sports Disputes Tribunal, faulted the federation over the electoral process and therefore cancelled the polls.

In a ruling by the tribunal it ruled that there was no sufficient public participation on the electoral code and process of appointing the elections board was flawed.

Former FKF president Sam Nyamweya and others had disputed the electoral process by filing a case in the Sports Disputes Tribunal.

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Transparency: FKF attracts Sponsorships

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Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has attributed transparency and accountability in its management as the key to the recent interest expressed by corporates to promote soccer activities in the country.

This revelations come in the wake of the signing of back to back patnerships with betting firms to fund football activities.

“We are committed to transparency and accountability and this is demonstrated by the trust such corporates as Odibets and Betika have shown in us, by extending financial support to the grassroots through the federation,” said FKF president Nick Mwendwa.

Last month, Betika penned a three year Ksh90 million sponsorship deal to fund the National Super League (NSL) before OdiBets came on board on Thursday, November 5th, to sponsor grassroot football through the FKF County leagues to a tune of Ksh127 million in a partnership to last for three years.

Safaricom in partnership with the Spanish top tier league La Liga is promoting youth football through the Chapa Dimba tournament.

Some of the corporates that have come on board during Mwendwa’s first term tenure are Sportpesa and Bamba Sport tv.

“FKF remains open to scrutiny and we invite more corporates from far and wide to come on board and partner with us in our football development agenda,” he said.

The president said they have been accounting for every penny and the federation will take action against any individual including himself who tries to embezzle sponsorship monies.
Mwendwa expressed the federation’s happiness in the trust and confidence that the corporate world has in FKF.

“I must thank Odibets for coming in at this crucial time in football where the sport is facing financial constraints due to hard economic times bedeviling companies,” said the FKF President on the sidelines of the launch held at a Nairobi Hotel.

The FKF Boss presided over the launch of a KES 127 Million 3-year partnership for the FKF County Leagues, on Thursday, where he emphasized the Federation’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

Mwendwa called on more corporates from far and wide to explore avenues of partnering with the federation by embracing some of its products for sponsorships which may give the companies returns on investment through brand visibility.

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