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.
Nyamweya ‘Sentenced to 350 years in Jail for Looting’
Controversial Exiled lawyer Dr Miguna Miguna has sentenced former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Sam Nyamweya to 350 years in jail.
Sitting in the Peoples’ Court from his base in Canada, the self-proclaimed General of the now non-existent National Resistance Movement (NRM) in a tweet ruled that Nyamweya should be jailed for looting the FKF coffers dry.
“This is an image of Sam Nyamweya, a thief who learnt his trade from Cyrus Jirongo at the YK 92, a violent, barbaric and criminal outfit Daniel Arap Moi established to help him cling to power,” he said.
“Nyamweya looted KFF to death. I hereby sentence this criminal to 350 years in jail,” ruled the NRM General Miguna Miguna in twitter.
The judgment comes a week after the former president declared his intentions in the media of vyeing for the FKF presidency in the forthcoming federation’s polls.
In the tweet, Miguna said they don’t respect looters and despots.
“We respect values and virtues, human beings who have integrity, transformative vision, value truth, are honest, respect human rights pursue justice and adhere strictly to the constitution and rule of law. We fight against cartelism ROBUSTLY,” outlined the lawyer.
Miguna’s verdict drew mixed reactions from Kenyans on twitter as the ruling went a buzz trending on social media.
On twitter, Thomas Otiende reacted by asking the self-styled general to issue an arrest warrant and the peoples’ power will handle it from this end (Kenya).
“350 years is too light for a man who looted public funds. I suggest that the sentence be doubled to 700 years so that he rots in jail forever,” reacted Nico Kyalo as Immanuel Mbindye tweeted,”350 is not enough, let us make them 351 years of hard labour.”
KOT Loyal 100 replied to Miguna’s tweet,”This is the perfect description of Sam Nyamweya I have seen this far. This mofo is the reason why Kenya football management and progress is so pathetic!! Veteran Kenyan football enthusiasts will confirm this. He should be hanged by the balls!!.”
“Why not sentence him for the rest of the millennium,” tweeted Kim@Wooraras as Jimmy Chege reacted, “Should be 1000 years like Judge ‘Mutabaruka’ does in the Peoples’ Court.
Covid ORGANICS tweeted,” This is like double sentencing: both on earth and hell.” as Daniel Thuo responds by saying, “U can imagine how he is yelling everywhere on his willingness to come back as football president to continue with his usual trade. What’s usually the problem with thieves? How can one explain their appetite??”
Lukoye Lukoye begged Miguna to be merciful to the former FKF chief,” General have some mercy 350 years, that is too much.” as bishorimtamu implored “Kkkkkkkk, general have mercy.”
However, Miguna was on the receiving end as Nickxalat Ndiangui replied, “Sentence yourself for what you did before leaving the country….Was he alone in YK92?? Don’t double standard issues Canadian Street bloger…. “
“You were there during this period. What did u do as MM? George Ogiro tweeted as Tribeless Kenyan replied,”What happened to your coming back? Some sentiments you make from afar sometimes seem like you are just relentless in justice yet cowardly giving in….Si utumie ata Meli bana.”
“350 years how? Stop being unrealistic General,” replied Peter Tosh.
Social Media a Buzz over Nyamweya’s Presidency Declaration
“It’s kind of ironical, he (Nyamweya) touched on the Women’s league yet it was non existent in the latter years of his term, the current regime is not perfect but has righted alot of wrongs from previous regimes, if there was a time I would have liked to play for the national team is currently, I envy them, the current regime is on the right track even though they still have a lot to do. I would give them another term in the spirit of consistency and continuity to realize the 1st term’s aspirations” Former KEFWA president Innocent Mutiso posted on a Whatsapp group
Long Serving Harambee Stars Doctor Breaks Silence to Rally Behind Mwendwa
Long serving Kenya’s national team Harambee Stars doctor Dr Wycliffe Makanga has lauded the current Football Kenya Federation (FKF) for professionalism in the handling of the team’s medical matters.
Dr Makanga a recepient of the 2019 Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK)/LG Electronics Footballer of the Year President’s award said he has never felt before or treated as a professional in his stint as the physiotherapist of national team for the successive various local football administration regimes he served.
The media shy Dr Makanga broke his long silence and speak to the press by saying the current office led by Nick Mwendwa has been able to facilitate his work with the necessary equipment and cooperation into a conducive working environment.
“As head of the Harambee Stars medical team, I thank God for the change we have experienced for the last four years in which the Mwendwa administration has improved medical facilities in which we are now able to effeciently and proffesionaly serve the team,” he said.
He said unlike before, at the moment the national team’s medical crew which he leads has a sports medical clinic in the national team’s camp and have an improved sports medicine platform.
“I hope that the status quo remains in the leadership of the federation so that Mwendwa’s regime can further advance the ambitious plan they had for the national team’s medical plans,” he said.
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