Exit office now, ex-federation chief Nyamweya turns the heat on Mwendwa


FKF President Nick Mwendwa together with his predecessor, Sam Nyamweya.Image/SportPicha
FKF President Nick Mwendwa together with his predecessor, Sam Nyamweya.Image/SportPicha

In Summary

  • Former football chief Sam Nyamweya wants Football Kenya Federation officials led by president Nick Mwendwa to vacate office with immediate effect .
  • Nyamweya who was the longest serving president of the then Kenya Football Federation (KFF) until 2016 has blasted the Mwendwa led office for doing business with players at the expense of the standards of football in the country.
  • Nyamweya's sentiments come barely days after FKF CEO Robert Muthomi was forced to step aside to allow for probe in the wake of the transfer saga involving Sofapaka forward John Avire.

Former football chief Sam Nyamweya wants Football Kenya Federation officials led by president Nick Mwendwa to vacate office with immediate effect .

Nyamweya who was the longest serving president of the then Kenya Football Federation (KFF) until 2016 has blasted the Mwendwa led office for doing business with players at the expense of the standards of football in the country.

Nyamweya’s sentiments come barely days after FKF CEO Robert Muthomi was forced to step aside to allow for probe in the wake of the transfer saga involving Sofapaka forward John Avire.

According to Nyamweya, Mwendwa is responsible, and should shoulder the entire blame for the Harambee Stars’ failure to perform to the expectations of Kenyans at the ended AFCON.

Kenya finished third in Group C after registering a single win against Tanzania, while suffering twin defeats in the hands of Senegal and champions Algeria.

“I want to tell you friends that the soccer has adversely deteriorated than I left it. Those who watched Afcon (African Cup of Nations) the way Kenya played (in Egypt) you will be ashamed,” Nyamweya said.

Nyamweya who bowed out from football administration in 2016 has also questioned the rationale of omitting attacker Allan Wanga out of coach Sebastien Migne’s squad that did duty in Egypt.

Wanga has subsequently announced his retirement from international football after the snub.

On Monday FKF chief Mwendwa confirmed the stepping aside of Muthomi and instead elevated Communications Manager Barry Otieno to take charge as the new Chief Executive Officer(CEO) in an acting capacity.

Nyamweya said: “Those owners of football, their work is selling players. If you sideline players like Allan Wanga, Were (Paul) who is one of the best wingers, that is rubbish,” he growled, alluding to Migne’s failure to field Were in the Afcon matches.

“Wanga is the best player in the league yet you drop him from the final squad and take other people. It can’t work like that and that is why football has dropped. We could have won,” said Nyamweya.

Mwendwa has however remained unbowed in the wake of the criticism maintaining that Migne’s team is a project for the future with eyes trained on the 2021 Africa Nations Cup Nations set for Cameroon.

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