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September 24, 2018

Tough luck if you don't have godfathers where it counts

shabana FC players  with club chairman Jared Nevaton.
shabana FC players with club chairman Jared Nevaton.

Last week I mentioned how disappointed I was in the national football federation for failing to provide leadership for the development of football and things have got worse this week.

With one round of matches left to go in the National Superleague, the only team that looked like they would deny Shabana FC promotion to the Kenyan Premier League was docked three points by the federation for fielding an allegedly ineligible player in a game way back in May. The FKF disciplinary board has met several times since May and if there was an issue; which Shabana deny there was with the player; then why didn’t FKF resolve it much later.

In a statement from the federation on Wednesday, they said that they review all outstanding issues just before the season ends and that is why they are docking Zoo Kericho’s points now. Ironically it was done when Zoo Kericho were heading into the last weekend of the Superleague top of the table with promotion to the KPL looking likely. And ironically the move saw Shabana, a team associated with FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya, go top.

Incidentally there is a case that is outstanding as well where Shabana players roughed up a referee during a match in September. The players were suspended but they played in subsequent fixtures. Apparently someone at FKF “forgot” to send paperwork to Shabana telling them that the players were suspended so they are using a technicality to ignore that incident. It’s really sad because it would be nice to have a team like Shabana that boasts a large following amongst the Kisii community back in the top flight; but it needs to be through merit. It is unfair that just because Zoo Kericho doesn’t have a “godfather” that they have to suffer from losing points in the boardroom.

On to Arsenal now and the fact that our “godfather’ Arsene Wenger has become old and senile. Now that Champions League matches are starting at 11.45pm and ending almost at 1am, many fans can’t stay ups that long. So many Gunners I know went to bed when the game against Anderlecht was in the 60th minute knowing that Arsenal were leading 3-0 and that we had secured a spot in the last 16. The shock in the morning when everyone found out that we had conceded three goals in the last half hour was undeniable. Wenger’s sloppy substitutions cost us maximum points. This man has served his purpose; and just like a few of my friends at Football Kenya Federation, it’s time to move on. Talk to me on @CarolRadull on twitter or www.facebook.com/CarolRadull

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