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FKFK POLLS: Nyamweya and Allies In Dilema after Plot Flops

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The notices for the ongoing Football Kenya Federation (FKF) electoral code draft public participation has thrown off balance Kenya’s former football chief Sam Keengu Nyamweya’s camp.

After the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) canceled the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections it was song and dance in the camp led by Sam Nyamweya.

Confusion, somber and tense mood has gripped Nyamweya’s camp after the notices were issued by the federation for a public participation on the draft.

Immediately, the tribunal chaired by John Ohaga cancelled the elections the so called presidential aspirants caucus met and had unity pact in a ‘funny’ new found alliance at one of the sports clubs in Nairobi.

The group consists of five FKF presidential aspirants led by former football chief Sam Nyamweya, former AFC Leopards chairman Alex Ole Magelo, former Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga, Nairobi businessman Simon Mburu, Gor’s Lordvic Omondi Aduda and Eastern’s Angeline Mwikali who went to the High Court and the local Sports Disputes Tribunal challenging the FKF 2019/2020 electoral process.

The individuals shared posts where, Nyamweya was to be the president with either former AFC Leopards chairman Alex Ole Magelo or former Vihiga County Governor Pastor Moses Akaranga would deputise him.

Between Akaranga and Magelo whoever will not be Nyamweya’s deputy then will be considered for a National executive (NEC) post.

Former Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions chief executive Lordvic Omondi Adua was to be appointed as the federation’s Ceo with Steve Mburu of the defunct KPL side Nakumatt’s Steve Mburu running for the FKF Nairobi NEC representative post and eventually head the federation’s powerful finance committee as former FKF Eastern Nec representative Angeline Mwikali goes for Women representatives post.

The group was planning to pick registration forms from the Sports Registrar waiting in the backdrop of Nick Mwendwa’s led administrations end of term which ends on February 10th, 2020 to present their papers.

They wanted to take advantage of the impasse between Mwendwa and the Sports Registrar Rose over the registration of FKF and its compliance with the Sports Act where the Registrar has threatened to deregister FKF come February 10th if it fails to comply.

Mwendwa had defied the Sports Registrar orders of stopping the elections which were issued thorough the Sports Disputes Tribunal wanting the polls called off until the FKF has complied.

Nyamweya and his allies were intending to file their returns with the Sports Registrar upon the end of Mwendwa’s term in the hope that they will be received and assume office through the backdoor.

Things took a turn when Mwendwa and his executive accepted the tribunal’s judgement of canceling the elections and agreed to abide by the orders for fresh elections with a few days after the cancelation.

The judgment was delivered on December 3rd but on December 7th the federation issued fresh notices to its branches and affiliates for public participation forums on the draft electoral code in accordance with the tribunal’s orders.

To further throw spanners into the works, was the FIFA invitations extended to the Sports Registrar, Minister for Sports Ambasadeur Amina Mohammed and Sports ministry’s Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia and FKF executive in a meeting to take place early January to discuss on making the elections possible without any hinderances.

Nyamweya’s team is confused on their next course of action as they know participating in the elections they don’t stand a chance and failing to participate will leave a lot of questions lingering on why challenge an electoral process and then after winning the case they choose to stay away from the polls.

Their other option of forming a parallel football body will get a backlash from soccer stakeholders given they don’t have a credible reason of succeding given that the FKF has complied with tribunal’s orders in addressing their grievances for free and fair elections.

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KPL clubs wary of FIFA ban amid FKF Elections standoff

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As the clock ticks towards the April 6, meeting between FIFA, the Sports Ministry and members of the Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT), Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs have expressed concern that disagreement could lead to a ban on the country.

The clubs want a quick resolution to the matter and have called for compliance with the FIFA directive.

The KPL clubs intimated that all football federations are obliged to follow the FIFA statute which gives them a right to participate in international and continental matches, enjoy financial and technical assistance including development programs.

“A ban will negatively impact on Kenya as we will be barred from taking part in international competitions,” they said.

This was by KPL clubs chairmen including Dan Shikanda, (AFC leopards), Elly Kalekwa (Sofapaka), Eric Oloo (Ulinzi Stars), John Tonui (Posta Rangers), Sebastian Ogola (Kenya Commercial Bank), Robert Maoga (Kariobangi Sharks), Ken Ochieng’ (Kericho Zoo), and Western Stima’s Laban Jobita.

“For sure FIFA will ban Kenya if we do not follow their directive. We have no choice but to do what they have asked for.

“That will not be the best thing for us at this time because we will have nothing to play for. Some officials do not care whether we are banned or not as they only concerned about their own interest,” said the 2009 KPL champions Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa

Kalekwa particularly expressed concern about the inability to sell players in case of a ban something he says will greatly impact club’s revenues.

Four times KPL champions Ulinzi Stars chairman Eric Oloo said:“In this case, the losers will be players who will lose out on any revenues as they are only guaranteed of getting revenue when we take part in competitions.”

The FKF Betway Cup quarter-finalists Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Football Club Chief Executive Officer, Sebastian Ogola said a FIFA ban will lead our football to the graveyard.

“Without international competitions, we will have nothing to judge ourselves with leading to low standards. We must rise above our personal interests and do what is good for our football,” he said.

For the 2018 FKF Sportpesa Shield champions Kariobangi Sharks chairman Robert Maoga, said the prospect of a FIFA ban cannot be entertained at this time as it will lead to lose of all investments made in the sport.

“We just want to continue playing football as we have invested a lot in young players and infrastructure. If we get banned, we will lose all these resources and worse, sponsors will run away,” he said.

Kariobangi Sharks recently signed a shirt sponsorship deal with betting company Betway.

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Retired Harambee Stars Players Plead with Govt to avert FIFA Ban

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Kenya’s former International players have urged the Government to respect FIFA’s stand on Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections.

Speaking in the wake of a looming standoff between the Ministry of Sports and FIFA, the former internationals said the current active players will be the biggest losers in case of a ban, and not the officials caught up in the standoff

Among the former Internationals who backed the stance are former captain Musa Otieno, Peter Dawo, Fred Serenge, Maurice Sunguti, Antony Kimani, Benard Mwalala, Jeff Oyando, Nick Yakhama, Francis Onyiso, John Baraza, Hillary Echesa, James Nandwa, Jerim Onyango, Maurice Singuti, Julius Owino, Zedekiah Otieno, Edwin Nandwa, Tom Juma and Boniface Ambani.

The players instead called for an amicable conflict resolution initiative to the resolve stand-off to ensure that no one suffers and that players continue to earn a living.

Kenya’s former national football team Harambee Stars captain Musa Otieno pleaded with the Government to save Kenya from a possible Fifa ban by placing the first priority to the players’ interests and welfare.

“Some of those advocating for a ban, have other sources of income unlike the players’ football is their mainstay source of livelihood and it must be jealously protected. I stand with the players in this,” he said.

Otieno one of the most decorated Kenyan footballers added: “By virtue of having been a player, I know what it feels to be banned as I have experienced that scenario before in my playing heydays. It is not rosy but a bitter pill to swallow.

Otieno with 114 caps who featured for AFC Leopards and South African outfit Sanlam Santos said Kenya’s problems are not unique and called on dialogue by all parties to sitting down and iron them out for the sake of Kenya.

“It’s unreasonable to suggest that we put our house in order whilst serving a Fifa ban. That can be resolved as we are safely in Fifa’s ambit while our leagues and players are active for continuity,” he said.

According to former Harambee Stars and AFC Leopards forward Boniface Ambani, said the country is not ready for a ban.

“We have over 1,000 players spread out across various leagues in the country and they risk losing employment should we be banned by FIFA,” he warned.

Jerim Onyango a former long-serving captain of record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia said there’s need to adhere to FIFA’s directive to evade a possible ban which will stunt Kenya’s football growth.

FIFA, last week dismissed a ruling by the Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) to form a normalization committee instead insisting that the current officials of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) continue in office until outstanding matters are resolved.

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National Super League Clubs Demand for Adherence to FIFA’s Directive

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The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Betika National Super League clubs have called for the adherence of the Fifa directive on FKF polls to save the league.

The club officials said the second-tier league was privileged for the first time in Kenya’s history to secure a sponsor due to stability and if the Fifa directive was not observed may result in football instability and the league may suffer with the disgruntled sponsor Betika walking out.

 

Betika Super League Governing Council Chairman Johnston Sakwa

Kibera All-Stars Secretary-General Daniel Magara called for adherence to Fifa’s directive insisting it will help instill confidence among the sponsors, more importantly, gaming firm Betika sponsors of the NSL.

“We have ten matches to go and this could be disrupted if the stalemate continues. We have had a good league, very competitive and the presence of a title sponsor has made it even more exciting,” said Magara.

Nairobi City Stars Chief Executive Officer and tv football analyst Patrick Korir said whatever decision taken by the government on this matter should strictly favor the game and not individual interests.

“For football to thrive, there has to be a conducive environment. Anyone following Kenyan football over the years should know that going to court to delay the electoral process has been a culture.

“However, our football is not in a crisis as some are claiming. This will pass but, in the meantime, we must be careful that whatever decisions we make at this time are not detrimental to the real stakeholder and that is the player,” said Korir.

 

Nairobi City Stars FC CEO Patrick Korir

 Other clubs that supported the statement are Administration Police, Coast Stima, Fortune Sacco, Kenya Police, Muranga Seal, Mount Kenya United, Shabana, Ushuru, Vihiga United, and Vihiga Bullets.

“For continuity purposes, we need to abide by Fifa’s directive and when all is stable ensure the electoral process is concluded and we move forward,” NSL club officials said in unison.

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