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Francis Kahata talks big on Harambee Stars AFCON bonuses

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Harambee Stars midfielder Francis Kahata has admitted the huge bonus the team received before last year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt has made a big difference in their life.

Kahata who currently turns out for Tanzanian giants Simba said he put the money to good use in order to secure his future.

“It was good money and to be specific it enabled me to do something I can always look back and remember that going to the Africa Cup of Nations changed my life,” he said.

Kahata further said the training they got in France prior to traveling to Egypt for the tournament prepared them well.
“ I can say that here, the government and Football Kenya Federation (FKF) did very well to ensure we had the best preparations before the tournament.”

On his personal performance, Kahata said he was just grateful to have made it in the final team that travelled to Egypt.
“It was a big statement just to make it in the final squad. As a team I think we it our best despite the results we got on the pitch,” added Kahata.

Kahata is also hopeful that they can make it back to another Africa Cup of Nations final and believes they remain motivated to do just that.

He also pointed out the big difference he has experienced while playing in Tanzania for Simba compared to his stint at Gor Mahia.
“There is a big difference in how Simba are managed compared to Gor Mahia. The Tanzanian giants are more professional. We don’t have issues of delayed salaries, play on good grounds and everything from traveling to team organization is done well.”

He admitted to taking a shot time to settle in Tanzania given the fact that he was well known to the club even before he was signed.
“People in Tanzania were talking about me even before I joined Simba and so it was easy to fit in. The welcome was amazing and helped me settled down quickly.”

Asked about the difference between the Tanzanian league and Kenyan league, Kahata said the presence of sponsors in the former makes all the difference.
“In Tanzania we have many sponsors and fans are also very passionate. This makes all the difference as the welfare of the player’s are well taken care of.”

Kahata joined Simba one year ago after a two  year stint at Gor Mahia. He started his KPL career at Thika United.

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

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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

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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

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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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