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Sports Funding Crisis: Has Kaberia not been “Kickbacked”

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You don’t have to look far to find a corruption scandal in the news in Kenya – arrests, probes, kickbacks, and billion-dollar embezzlements all make the headlines regularly.

All eyes on the sports funding crisis have been trained on the Sports Ministry Principle Secretary Peter Kirimi Kaberia aka PKK.

At this juncture in regard to the crisis occasioned by the PS does coincidentally the initials of his name PKK tend to mean or suggest “Pokea Kitu Kidogo”.

Does it mean that the federations that have adversely mentioned his name have not been able not to keep their part of the bargain or are not willing to PKK.

The current sports funding crisis in Kenya is similar to when telecommunications company Safaricom cancelled an age group tournament Sakata Ball.

On May 30th, 2012, Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore walked out of the boardroom at the telecomunication’s company headquarters and declared that they had cancelled the Sakata Ball tournament.

Collymore cancelled the tournament after Safaricom who are the sponsors of the tournament and the local soccer governing body Football Kenya Federation (FKF) failed to agree on FKF’s demands for a 20% Commission from the entire sponsorship as “administration fees”.

According to Safaricom, FKF demanded to be paid 20% of the total sponsorship cost of the Sakata Ball tournament as administration fees half of which amounting to Ksh25 million was to be paid prior to its launch, failure to which FKF would disown the event.

Safaricom explained that they had no option but to cancel the tournament since they would not be able to meet the demands.

Chairman Sam Nyamweya who had just taken over said that no tournaments in the country would take place without FKF’s nod and anyone willing to run any tournament would have to pay up a fee, though there was no mention of a specific percentage then.

The ministry through the PS has become a micromanager of the Sports, Arts and Social Development Fund instead of focusing on policy. Why should the fund have a CEO who can’t give out money?

The PS seems to be abusing those powers with impunity and as such it seems the federations need to dance to his tune to get funded.

Currently several federations are complaining of Kaberia being a stumbling block in their endevour to get funding from the government.

The office of the Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed has distanced itself from the funding issue saying the buck stops in the PS’s office.

That leaves a lot to be desired as one would wonder why the PS is not okaying the release the funds and keeping mum despite receiving reminders from the concerned federations.

That is more than meets the eye to arouse suspicions and most likely it seems that that they federations are not ready to scratch the back of government accounting officer to append his signature.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) was the first break the silence over their frustrations in getting funding after the Sports ministry went silent on their budget proposal for the national women’s football team Harambee Starlets preparations for the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers.

This was after two weeks where national netball team was left forlorn in the streets of Cape Town without accommodation in South Africa, participating in the Africa Championships.

What the federations are not coming out clear is their backroom discussions with the PS when seeking for funds and what has led to the money being withheld.

The Kenya Rugby Union Vice Chairman Thomas Opiyo claimed despite their budget proposal being approved Kaberia has stopped in the way to their funding by the National Sports Fund.

Opiyo said the Sports Fund had approved their budget proposal for this season but unfortunately the cash is not being released and nobody is giving the union a feedback on the status of funding.

Opiyo said they have only received Sh3 million from 194 million earmarked for the national squads including the Kenya 15s, Kenya Sevens, Under20 and Lionesses.

AK vice-president Paul Mutwii revealed that the ministry had failed to give AK Sh17 million for the Doha World Athletics championship that took place last month.

The PS has now resorted to diversionary tactics and intimidation after summoning the FKF top brass on November 11th for an audit of the Sh244 million fuinding the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt.

This is four months after the federation submitted their report accounting for the money it received from the National Sports Fund.

As much as the government has good intentions in making federations accountable for funds it receives from the exchequer but the begging question is why after a long period and after its at crossroads with a federation demanding for its rightful share.

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Former Thika United and KCB Assistant Coach Lauds the current FKF efforts in training Coaches and increased capacity building

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Former Thika United and KCB Assistant Coach Moses Irungu has expressed his sentiments on the coaching courses being offered by the Football Kenya Federation.

The current Federation has in the past four years trained over 2800 coaches in the Basic/Advanced (CAF D License) Level and a further 400 coaches in the CAF C Level.

The courses are offered free of charge across all the 20 FKF Branches, going a long way in not only building capacity in our grassroots coaches but also bridging an education gap that had denied local coaches job opportunities both at home and abroad.

Most recently, the Federation in conjunction with FIFA, actualized a first of its kind instructors’ course in the country which saw 60 Instructors get certified by FKF

“The coaching courses being offered by the current regime is a big plus to football, in that the players are being trained by more experienced coaches hence great improvement in the standards of football in the country,”said Moses Irungu

He further urged former football players to take up the coaching courses to increase their knowledge in football so as to build football in the country.

“I would like to urge former footballers to come forward and take up coaching courses to up their knowledge and use it to build football in the country,”continued Coach Irungu.

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FKF Overrules SDT’s Consultative Forum over Polls

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Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa has rubbished a consultative forum convened by the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) in regard to the upcoming FKF Elections.

The Tribunal convened a “stakeholders” forum on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, via a video link, to among other things, get views on how the elections should be conducted as a follow up its ruling delivered on March 17, 2020.

FKF distanced itself from the meeting and said it was not a party to the forum and does not recognize any resolutions that were passed.

Mwendwa, in a press conference convened on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, asserted that the federation will await FIFA’s direction in the FKF elections matter.

“FKF is an institution bound by its constitution as well as the FIFA statutes,” he said.

The federation in a letter addressed to the tribunal read:”Ideally, a mediation process is party-driven and voluntary. Usually, negotiations in mediation are undertaken before an impartial and neutral third party without decision-making powers.”

On March 17th, 2020, in a ruling that lasted close to two hours delivered by the SDT chairman John Ohaga nullified the FKF elections that had already been held up to the county level, disbanded the National Executive Committee, and asked Fifa to step in and put in place a normalisation committee within the next 30 days.

However on March 25th, , FIFA rejected the Sports Disputes Tribunal’s request for them to form a Normalisation Committee to oversee Football Kenya Federations’ operations after the Tribunal called to an end the FAs term of office on March 17.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the current FKF Executive Committee members, including its president office shall remain in office,” Fifa’s letter, which has been signed off by Fifa’s Chief Member Associations Officer, Veron-Mosengo-Omba.

In a letter addressed to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Secretary General, Barry Otieno by the Fifa it said the world body only recognizes decisions made exclusively by the Court of Arbitration for Sports that is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“Therefore, we wish to emphasize that the relevant SDT ruling has no legal effect on Fifa,” read the communication in a letter dated March 25th, 2020.

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Betika Cushions Against Lack of Bundles to Bet

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A punter is inconsolable after predicting the right outcome but failed to place after his bundles got depleted to lose Ksh. 30,000.

Basing on this situation, have you ever predicted the outcome of a game, but for one reason or the other you fail to place a bet on it and then your prediction turns out to be correct?

Any punter will tell you that it’s one of the most painful things as you think about the odds and how much you would have made.

This happened to me just before the Bundesliga showdown between Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

A fellow punter and I got into football banter and we were trying to predict the correct score for the match. His prediction was a 2-1 win for Dortmund while I predicted a 1-0 win for Bayern and to show him just how confident I was with my prediction, I tried to place a Ksh 2,000 on a 0-1 correct score bet.

To my disappointment, my data bundle balance was 0.00MB and so I let it pass! Imagine my fury when I checked the fulltime score only to realize that I would have made a cool 30k from odds of 15, if I had gone ahead to place the bet!

Disappointed with myself, I set out to find out if there are ways to place bets without bundles. To my surprise, I found out that most betting firms do offer SMS betting but what intrigued me was Betika’s USSD betting option.

Not only can you bet before the game starts but you can also bet live during the match without using data bundles! It does not matter if you have mulika mwizi phone, all you need to do is dial *644# and with a minimum of 2 bob in your Betika wallet, you will find an array of options from upcoming games, odds and live matches to make you a winner!

I have tried it several times since then and I will never miss out on a bet again due to data bundles! I thought you should know!

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