Fans ‘suspend’ FKF boss Mwendwa after Nyamweya ban

Former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Sam Nyamweya and his successor Nick Mwendwa address the ...
Former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Sam Nyamweya and his successor Nick Mwendwa address the media during the national elections held at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani in Nairobi, Kenya on February 10, 2016.

The Kenya Football Fans Association (KFFA) have ‘suspended’ Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa from attending any local football matches.

In a letter, the officials accused FKF boss of mismanaging football in the country and linked the federation’s latest move to ban Sam Nyamweya – Mwendwa’s predecessor – for 10 years as ‘part of a scheme to frustrate community and kill clubs in the country’.

According to the statement signed by the association’s chairman Dennis Okumu and nine other members, KFFA have threatened to mobilise a boycott of all football matches organised by the FKF should Mwendwa disobey the suspension.

The move comes barely a week after FKF took the stern measure of suspending Nyamweya from all football activities for a decade after accusing him for violating the national body’s constitution.

“As a body recognized by the government and representing millions of football fans in Kenya we are not going to allow Mwendwa to kill gains which have been made over the years.

“Nyamweya’s only crime was to defend clubs which Mwendwa had relegated illegally from the Kenyan Premier League. We refer to Nyamweya as the father figure of football in Kenya and as such we are fully behind him,” the letter read in part.

Nyamweya had gone to court seeking to have the CAF licensing regulations adopted by the FKF scrapped as well as having Mwendwa barred from interfering with the management of the KPL.

The implementation of the CAF licensing requirements had seen Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka FC relegated to the lower National Super League (NSL) before an intervention by the Sports Disputes Tribunal led to their reinstatement.

The KFFA further demanded the resignation of Mwendwa, claiming he had fallen out with KPL’s broadcast partners SuperSport who have inexplicably failed to broadcast the league’s live matches for a second week running.

They made sensational claims the league’s sponsors are also contemplating plugging out on the deal due to Mwendwa’s ‘poor leadership’.

“We are also aware Mwendwa is plotting to suspend Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier, Mathare United chairman Bobob Munro and KPL CEO Jack Oguda since these are independent minded people ready to stand up against Mwendwa.

“It is obvious that Mwendwa has failed as he lacks the knowledge and vision to manage Kenyan football and as football fans and stakeholders we are now pleading with Nyamweya to come back and save Kenyan football.”

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