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Delegates Thumbs Up for Mwendwa’s FKF Re-election Bid

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Delegates attending a Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Annual General Meeting (AGM) gave a seal of approval to the candidature of it’s federation’s President Nick Mwemdwa in the forthcoming FKF polls.

The delegates drawn from FKF branches, Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and National Super League (NSL) clubs endorsed Mwendwa who declared his intentions to seek for re-election.

As the delegates gave the incumbent President a shot in the arm, they set the ball rolling for the forthcoming polls to be held later in the year by endorsing the electoral code and elections board.

The delegates said they were behind Mwendwa basing on his track record in his first term as president.

The development comes in the heels of some candidates already having expressed their interests on the post including former Vihiga County Government Governor Pastor Moses Akaranga and……..

During his tenure Mwendwa is credited for leading Kenya’s national football team Harambee Stars to the African Cup of Nations after a 15 year wait and issue of players being owed allowances is a thing of the past.

‘We go back to the grassroots to seek for our relections , we shall also be campaigning for Nick to be given another term,” they said.

The delegates said that Mwendwa has been tried, tested and conquered to deserve another term.

“He joined the federation’s top leadership when the debt ridden FKF was mired with mismanagement, poor national team performance and broke but was able to turn around the fortunes of the federation within a short time,” they said.

In his speech Mwendwa paid a glowing tribute to the FKF officials from the national office to the grassroots.

“As we go into 2020, I want to thank all of you, first for your loyalty to the game and dedication in doing what is right.”

He added:”May the bond and common purpose that brought us together, further, strengthen our relationship beyond the foreseeable future, for the good of the game.”

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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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