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Harambee Stars won’t miss World Cup Qualifiers, declares Mwendwa



FKF President Nick Mwendwa has brushed off claims that the Kenya National team, Harambee Stars, could be expunged from the 2022 World Cup qualifiers owing to the Federation’s failure to pay former coach Adel Amrouche in time, as directed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

In an exclusive interview with NTV, Mwendwa was coy on whether the Federation had made payment to the coach by the April 30 deadline, but confidently declared that Kenya will not miss out on the qualifiers.

A source close to FKF revealed that the Federation had agreed on a settlement plan with the coach, who is owed KES 109 Million in compensation as well as accreued interest for defaulting on the payment.

Earlier this week, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee yet again deferred a hearing on the matter, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Should FKF yet again fail to agree with the coach and settle the payment, the case will be resubmitted to the committee, on a date to be announced by FIFA in due course.

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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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Instructor Welcomes Mwendwa’s Referees Development Program



FKF North Western Branch secretary Caleb Amwayi and referees instructor has lauded FKF President Nick Mwendwa for developing and improving the quality of match officials.

 Amwayi said the move by the current federation to waive charges on the Physical Endurance Tests (PET) has gone a long way in encouraging new referees to take up officiating as a career.

“The liberalized management system by the FKF President Nick Mwendwa has raised the bar in football, in that, new referees can take up officiating as a career after the current Federation scrapped of the charges on the Physical Endurance Tests (PET),” said Amwayi.

The efforts by the federation to waive charges on the Physical Endurance Tests (PET) has enabled 3000 referees to get trained over the last four years.

Amwayi said the big number of referees trained so far will insulate football from lack of match officials in sustaining the game of football

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