In a significant development for Kenyan football, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa convened a pivotal meeting on Friday, August 25, 2023, with Chairmen and CEOs of FKF Premier League clubs. The meeting was strategically timed ahead of the commencement of the much-anticipated 2023/24 FKF PL season, scheduled to kick off on Saturday, August 26.
During this highly anticipated gathering, President Mwendwa offered a comprehensive overview of what the upcoming season holds in store for the clubs. He addressed various vital matters concerning the league, including fixture scheduling, referee assignments, venues, club licenses, and sponsorship arrangements. The discussions were geared towards ensuring the seamless operation of the league and setting the stage for a successful and competitive season.
One of the most notable voices of support for Mwendwa’s leadership came from Moses Adagala, Chairman of Muhoroni Youth Football Club. Adagala, a seasoned figure in Kenyan football with over two decades of experience, lauded Mwendwa’s capabilities and vision for the sport. Adagala emphasized that having witnessed the tenure of several federation chairmen, Mwendwa stood out as an exceptional leader. He commended Mwendwa for his fairness, transparency, and strong work ethic. Adagala firmly asserted his belief that Mwendwa’s leadership far surpassed that of his predecessors, making him the best candidate to guide Kenyan football.
In addition to his praise for Mwendwa, Adagala also addressed the issue of politics affecting Kenyan football’s growth. He highlighted that Premier League clubs were actively distancing themselves from political entanglements and focusing on advancing the league. Adagala underlined the importance of supporting Mwendwa as the current head of Kenyan football and commended Mwendwa’s efforts to secure league sponsorship and broadcasting deals. He noted that these developments would inject much-needed financial resources into the league, providing players with exposure and opportunities for growth.
In response, Mwendwa shared updates on the progress made for the upcoming season. He informed club leaders about ongoing plans to secure a league sponsor and broadcaster, a significant step towards alleviating financial challenges that plagued the previous season due to the absence of sponsorship. Mwendwa’s leadership in overseeing the Physical and Endurance Training for referees was also acknowledged as a positive step for the league.
The sentiment expressed by Adagala echoed throughout the meeting, with other Premier League club leaders expressing their confidence in Mwendwa’s leadership and dedication to improving Kenyan football. As the 2023/24 season gears up for its opening day, with fixtures scheduled for August 26, football enthusiasts anticipate an exciting season ahead. Defending champions Gor Mahia are set to commence their title defense against Sofapaka at the Kasarani Stadium, while last season’s runners-up, Tusker, are poised to face Bandari FC in an away match.
The gathering of club leaders and Mwendwa’s proactive engagement sets a positive tone for the upcoming FKF PL season, with hopes of a vibrant and well-organized competition that will elevate Kenyan football to new heights.