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Mwendwa’s Mentor Scales to FKF National Office

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Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa’s mentor in football administration is set take over the as Kenyan capital federation’s National Executive Committee (NEC) representative.

“I’ve been tried and tested in managing football at the grassroots and I now feel that am now ripe for a bigger posting hence my intentions to serve at the national level,” declared Ouma.

In 2001, Ouma who was a member of the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) Sports Committee that drafted coalition’s sports manifesto wants to use his experience and vision to promote football in the country and national level to higher standards.

The manifesto which Ouma and his team wrote assisted in having the Narc coalition under it’s presidential candidate Mwai Kibaki sweep to power in the 2002 general elections.

Ouma who rose from being a footballer to the federation’s Nairobi Chairman is only waiting for his coronation as the city’s NEC representative after being unoposed.

Amongst Ouma’s legacy is introducing Mwendwa into football administration through the registration of a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) outfit Kariobangi Sharks owned by the FKF supremo who Rose to become the country’s football chief.

“Kariobangi Sharks was registered in my house in 2003, when then serving as the Kenya football Federation (KFF) vice Chairman,” he said.

Ouma was behind the Team Change tsunami where he backed Mwendwa who was the then FKF Premier League chairman as a strategist to catapult him to leadership.

Ouma who once served as a Nairobi City Council councilor is the only branch Chairman serving in the national office.

He is the Chairman of the International Match Committee (IMOC) in the outgoing office as he officially joins the national executive committee as an elected official.

During his tenure in Nairobi branch he has overseen the promotion of several clubs into the country’s top flight league including league champions Sofapaka and Mathare United.

Others are Red Berets, Nairobi City Stars, Kangemi All Stars, Kimbo, Kawangware United, Posta Rangers and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

“As the FKF Nairobi representative want to make the management of football in the city vibrant by synchronising the operations of the two branches of Nairobi which are East and West,” he said.

He said he wants to ensure that they speak with one voice and has an elaborate plan to attract sponsorship to fund various football programs.

“I want to ensure that branch, clubs and technical officials get capacity building and training to promote the beautiful game in Nairobi,” he said.

As he moves transitions to the executive, Ouma has managed to leave with his head high, when Gor Mahia Youth and EPZ Balaj join the National Super League (NSL).

Ouma started as a player while in his hey playing days featuring for the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KBS).

Ouma’s journey in football leadership began with being the chairman Kariobangi Sports which he founded together with the current Harambee Stars assistant coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno.

The club rose through the ranks to get promoted to join the National Super League (NSL) but backed out due to financial constraints which gifted the second place finishers Mathare Youth Sports Association with the chance.

The club managed to produce top players including Anthony ‘Modo’ Kimani, Joseph Nyaga, Hillary Omondi, Francis ‘Nyota’ Wadegu and Kevin Omondi amongst others.

He later got elected as the second vice Chairman of the Kenya Football Federation (KFF) chaired by Samuel Kihara during the tenure of Maina Kariuki as the national chair.

In the next election, was voted in unoposed as the second vice Chairman to deputise Simon Mugo and first vice Jacob Kabanze.

In 2011, Ouma was elect as the first vice chair after beating Undugu’s Caleb Ngaira and rose to become the chairman after former AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia ace Dan Shikanda was suspended by the national office led by Sam Nyamweya.

In the last election, he became the pioneer chairman of Nairobi East after the capital city’s football branch was split into two.

As the IMOC chairman he managed 35 matches which included high profile fixtures which involved English Premier League clubs Everton and Hull City as well as continental teams Camerooy, Ghana and Ethiopia.

In 2016, he added skills to his experience by training in Match Management, Stadia Safety and Security and Protocak trained by the La Liga.

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Fraud: Former FKF Boss Asembo faces Arrest

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A Nairobi court has issued an arrest warrant against former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Vice President Robert Asembo for defying court orders.
Sitting at the Kibera Law Courts, Chief Magistrate Joyce Gandana issued the orders after Asembo failed to appear before the court to face criminal charges.
Asembo has been charged for defrauding a Chinese national and investor in the pretext of selling her a piece of land.
In the charge sheet, it is alleged that between September 2nd, 2016 and March 31st, 2017, Asembo obtained Ksh2.5 million from Tai Sujun by falsely pretending that he was in a position to sell her a piece of land at Eastern bypass measuring 0.7616 hactres, while knowingly knowing it was not true.
Asembo who is out on a Sh100,000 cash bail was to appear before the court on Thursday, November 14 but failed to appear.
Consequently, the Chief Magistrate ordered for Asembo’s arrest after failing to present himself to face the charges preferred against him.
However, Gandana set November 29 as the date for the case’s mention.
Asembo a lawyer by profession has served as a sports administrator in various capabilities.
At the moment he is a member of the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) serving since 2016.
He served for one term as the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants AFC Leopards before joining FKF as the Nairobi region National Executive Committee (NEC) representative in 2011.
Asembo was later  elevated to serve as the federation’s Vice President to replace Kenya’s ex international Sammy Sholei under the Sam Nyamweya led administration.

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Former KPL Clubs play to draws in Betika Midweek Fixtures

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Former Kenyan Premier League (KPL) teams fought to draws in the Betika Super League (BSL) midweek matches.

It was a baptism fire for the former KPL teams and a taste of the league’s toughness with the entry of new National Super League sponsors Betika.

In the highlight of match the midweek fixures Nairobi City Stars and Ushuru settled for a barren draw at the Hope Centre in Kawangware, Nairobi.

The stalemate preserved Nairobi City Stars unbeaten run this season to remain as the only team in the league not to have lost so far.

Another former top flight league club Shabana fought to 2-2 tie away to AP’s Bomet.

Kenya Police formerly Red Berets when participating in the KPL league were held to a 1-1 draw by Vihiga Bullets.

Mount Kenya United formerly Nakumatt which was relegated from the KPL last season played to a 2-2 against St Joseph’s youth.

Administration Police (AP) was the only team that has featured at top flight level that lost after succumbing to 3-2 home loss to Fortune Sacco.

The midweek matches were the first matches, 24 hours after the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) inked a three year deal worth Sh90 million for the National Super League with gaming firm Betika.

“We can assure you that the league will be tough, competitive and entertaining with this sponsorship as an incentive,” remarked Betika Head of Commercial John Mbatia during the sponsorship signing ceremony.

Collated Midweek Betika Super League Round 14 Results:

Kenya Police 1 Vihiga Bullets 1

APS Bomet 2 Shabana 2

Nairobi Stima 0 Kibera Black Stars 0

Administration Police 2
Fortune Sacco 3

Nairobi City Stars 0
Ushuru 0

Muranga Seal 1 Talanta 0

Modern Coast Rangers 1
Migori Youth 0

St. Joseph’s Youth 2
Mt. Kenya United 2

Coast Stima 3
Bidco United 2

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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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