Football Kenya Federation’s elections have come to a close. After a long drawn out process marked by the usual shenanigans with registration of Football clubs, delegates and so on, Nicholas Mwendwa emerged the new Chairman of Football Kenya Federation, while Incumbent Sam Nyamweya formally retired from football activities.
NIck Mwendwa basks in the glory of victory (Source: Daily Nation)
Standing at the head of the ‘Team Change’ slate that swept the board, winning majority of the FKF branch Chairmanships and NEC positions, Nick Mwendwa and his allies were granted a powerful mandate to implement change in an organization in desperate need to break from years of mediocrity and corruption.
Heck even the outgoing chair, himself elected on a platform of change, wound up covered in the graft which he was supposed to end.
So, what this blogger is wondering, is specifically what changes does team change intend to bring into FKF?
There is the unfinished business of the FKF-KPL standoff and what consequences it has on the teams, corporate sponsors and broadcast partners that have found themselves on either side of the standoff.
There is the continued neglect of women and youth football, and the absence of strategic direction of the men’s senior team. Harambee Stars remain the only team in the East Africa region who never seem to have anything lined up for FIFA sanctioned friendly match dates.
There is also the floundering, perhaps even ill advised efforts to bring the Africa Cup of Nations to the country. If Team change decide that that is somethign still worth pursuing then, that would mean there has to be an overhaul of the football infrastructure in Kenya.
Most importantly Mr. Mwendwa needs to show Kenyans that he has taken FKF chairman post because wants to work on building Kenyan fotball not just as a means to leverage himself into politics like so many of his predecessors.
All in all this blogger hopes that Team change can deliver on its promises to Kenyan football, and the FKF can become a beacon shining a light, not just for Kenyan football’s path to greatness, but to African football as a whole.