Now ‘locked out’ aspirants moot plans to revive KFF
The acrimony by insurgents of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections which begins on Saturday has taken a new twist after they declared that they will revive Kenya Football Federations (KFF) to govern the sport in the country.
Yesterday, the antagonists who moved to obtain a court order to stop the elections, held a joint press conference where they resolved to revive KFF and petition Fifa on the development as a matter of urgency after which they will hold their own polls within three weeks after FKF holds its contentious exercise.
‘’KFF is still intact and registered by the Attorney General and Kenyans should not be surprised when it takes over football leadership in the country,’’ said immediate former FKF president Sam Nyamweya , who is one of those opposed to the elections.
The bone of contention is the ignorance by FKF, to a directive by the Sports Registrar not to hold the polls due to certain anomalies.
“What we are saying is that if the current football leadership goes ahead and hold polls without proper structures and transparency that we have been calling for, then we will not have any option but to revive a new federation with the support of more than two-thirds of the countrywide clubs,” Nyamweya said.
Curiously, should the revival of KFF go on as planned, it will rekindle memories of early 70’s when power-jostling by football mandarins in the country’s football governing body started.
It can be recalled that in 1973, the late business mogul Kenneth Matiba, after losing to Williams Ngaah for the Kenya Football Associations (KFA) Chairmanship, staged a ‘coup d-etat ‘ by forming Kenya Football Federation (KFF) with the support of 80 clubs and easily clinched the plum position where he served until 1978.
In the latest scenario, nine stakeholders who had declared their interest in the FKF presidential post sent shock waves when they said they will cause anarchy should the purported football polls which have locked out sub-branches, be held.
The stakeholders among them Nyamweya, Gor Mahia Chief Executive Officer Lordvick Aduda, Angeline Mwikali, Twaha Mbarak, former Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga, former Nairobi County Speaker Alex Ole Magelo and Stephen Mburu have termed FKF polls illegality which should be treated with the contempt it deserves.
On the spotlight is Mwendwa whom the appellants accuse of subverting justice and illegally conducting elections despite the same having been invalidated by the Registrar and SDT on certain grounds and especially given the time frame given by the later body to expedite the arbitration.
“The Sports Disputes Tribunal will be delivering a ruling on December 3 and in the meantime, the same entity’s Direction Number 22 of October 22 remains in force and is binding to all parties,’’ read the statement.
It further said that any attempt by FKF to disobey the directive of the Sports Tribunal is and will be treated as contempt of court.
Addressing the press, Ole Magelo and Nyamweya poured vitriol on Mwendwa for allegedly dragging football in murk through poor governance inter-twined with failure to account for Sh 244 Million towards national team’s preparations for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, besides other subsidies from CAF and Fifa.
‘’What we are doing is for the sake of Kenyan footballers and future generations. Football must be properly knitted or else it will go to the dogs. This is an FKF that has disobeyed the government, Sports Registrar and the Sports Ministry and it's only prudent that it vacates office,’’ said Nyamweya.