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How Nick Kithuku Mwendwa is killing Kenyan football

The ever whining Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nicholas Kithuku Mwendwa is doing nothing but killing football, the sport he rigged himself in to promote.

Mwendwa recently suspended Zoo Kericho FC and Mathare United from the Kenya Premiere League for refusing to endorse broadcast rights the federation signed with a pay TV.

The two premiere clubs told Mwendwa that the contract was infringing on their intellectual property.

But the controversial man who makes rushed decisions without consulting insisted that FKF’s word was final.

The Kenyan football boss faced dozens of cases at the Sports Dispute Tribunal in his first term meaning he had no time to concentrate on building Kenyan soccer but to fight legal suits after rubbing his opponents the wrong way.

Disappointed Harambee Stars players walking off the pitch after losing to Comoros [p/courtesy]

And Nick likes working with sycophants, people who just say yes and get fed with left overs. When he was first elected, he went straight for Stanley Okumbi from an unknown hole to manage the national football team, Harambee Stars.

Okumbi led Stars in 16 matches and attained just one meaningful win, 2-1 against Republic of Congo in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played in June 2016.

He would later draw 1-1 with Zambia in another qualifier but fell twice to Guinea Bissau and finished bottom of Group E

But the FKF president kept his faith in Okumbi despite public calls to fire him. Mwendwa preferred Okumbi because he was cheap and sycophantic.

Okumbi who had managed Mwendwa’s Kariobangi Sharks was later replaced by Scottish Bobby Williamson who also struggled to post convincing results in serious assignments.

“We might be doing poorly but we don’t support this aggression doing rounds on Okumbi. We take in the advice on effecting changes on the technical bench but time isn’t ripe to do the reshuffle,” Mwendwa said.

The controversial FKF boss is not any different from his predecessor, Sam Nyamweya whose term had little success but a million court cases.

Nick has failed to fix the destruction left behind by Nyamweya with Kenya now falling to little and lower ranking teams like Comoros with the love expert Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee managing the national team.

Mulee is known for pocketing kickbacks from old foreign based players who can’t match some local players but want to be fielded.

Harambee Stars could not make it beyond the group stages in 2019 AFCON when Mwendwa had promised the country that his team would deliver admirable results, at least second stage.

FKF President is a typical Kenyan businessman or C.E.O, phony and corrupt. Mwendwa could not account for over Sh240 million the Sports Ministry had pumped in the national team for training camps in Europe and stay in Egypt.

But Harambee Stars subjected to play funny friendlies with second teams in Spanish leagues in the country side of Spain and the team returned early from Egypt.

Nicholas Kithuku Mwendwa would again let the country down by failing deliver an outside broadcasting van after his FKF paid Sh130 million to a supplier that was declared insolvent immediately.

“We did everything overboard with total transparency and all I can say is that the federation is currently a creditor after WTS Group, which sold us the van, went into administration,” Mwendwa said.

The details of the deals with the broadcast partner, Startimes and BetKing were not made available to the clubs, but Mwendwa expected them to blindly endorse and adhere to the ensuing rules and regulations.

“The Betking deal is worth “a record” Sh1.2 billion over a five-year period, and each club will get at least Sh8 million per season till 2025. The broadcasting deal is worth Sh110 million per year for seven years,” he said.

Mwendwa is now on a collision course with Gor Mahia, the country’s top club that should benefit more since they are representing Kenya on the continental stage.

Other KPL clubs that got suspicious and interrogated the deal like Gor Mahia, Ulinzi Stars, Mathare United and Zoo have also refused to endorse Mwendwa’s broadcast deal before knowing its finer details.

Mwendwa said the federation owns the collective rights of leagues and competitions meaning all clubs must toe his line.

If anything, the charlatan has pocketed a number of sports journalists in Githeri Media who contribute to the death of Kenyan football by amplifying nonsense in his echo chambers.

 


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