I’m running for the last term, FKF President Sam Nyamweya

Former FKF President and Shabana FC patron, Sam Nyamweya. PHOTO/File
Former FKF President Sam Nyamweya. PHOTO/File

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Sam Nyamweya now says the forthcoming football elections will be his last and vowed to relinquish his position if he loses in the elections.

In an exclusive interview with Citizen TV, Nyamweya said he is the right man to run Kenya’s football saying most of the contestants have worked under him for a long time and have nothing to offer.

“I know most of my opponents. We have worked together and some of them are still working under me in the federation. I wonder what new thing they have to offer,” he said.

He said he is knowledgeable and has the capacity to run football affairs in the country owing to his experience of the game.

On the recent controversy surrounding national football team Harambee Stars travel to Cape Verde, the FKF President said that the money to facilitate their travel was sent to the bank late hence the delay in their departure.

“The money was sent to Central Bank on Friday evening and yet the players were supposed to leave on Saturday. The truth of the matter is the money arrived late but we managed to pay the players all their allowances before they departed for Cape Verde,” he said.

Nyamweya disputed claims in the media that he was arrested a fortnight ago over allegations of misappropriation of money meant to facilitate transport logistics for the Stars trip to Cape Verde saying the reports are malicious.

“I was not arrested and any reports in the media saying otherwise are not true. It is normal for the government to want to know the real issues that caused the delay in Harambee Stars departure.”

He further said that demands from Harambee Stars at the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Ethiopia calling for the payment of allowances are misrepresented saying no federation pays allowances in advance.

“There have been claims that we should pay players their allowances in advance. We cannot do that because no federation does that. While it is the norm to pay allowances at the end of the tournament, we have agreed to settle the same before then.”

Nyamweya is currently engaged in battles from every side including two cases at the Sports Disputes Tribunal.

One of the cases was filed by elected Vice President Sammy Sholei who wants FKF declared non-compliant while another was filed by an international sports marketing firm that accuses Nyamweya of breaching a contract on a deal regarding a bid for Kenya to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Nyamweya defended himself over the issue saying the responsibility to finance the push for the country to host CHAN and AFCON competitions lies with the government.

The FKF President further exuded confidence in his leadership saying he will win the presidency in the forthcoming elections by a landslide.

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