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EDITORIAL: FKF offside and must be called out

It is time Mwendwa and colleagues realise they occupy a public office and stop running affairs unilaterally

In Summary

• Claims of high-handedness at Kandanda House have become widespread.

• The latest group to decry foul are local journalists who claim they are being denied their right to interview national team coaches.

New Harambee Stars coach Engin Firat (L) is unveiled by FKF president Nick Mwendwa
New Harambee Stars coach Engin Firat (L) is unveiled by FKF president Nick Mwendwa
Image: FKF MEDIA

On Wednesday, Football Kenya Federation terminated their partnership with online betting firm Odibets citing a breach of contract.

This came hot on the heels of another shocking decision in June that cancelled a Sh1.2 billion sponsorship deal with BetKing under unclear circumstances.

A year ago, FKF was on the spot over a contentious broadcasting deal with StarTimes after four top-flight sides Gor Mahia, Ulinzi Stars, Mathare United and Zoo Kericho declined an invitation to participate in the 2020-21 season, claiming they had been shortchanged.

FKF was also in trouble with Fifa after foreign tacticians Adel Amrouche and Bobby Williamson claimed they were wrongfully dismissed.

In May last year, federation president Nick Mwendwa was summoned by the DCI following allegations he had embezzled funds meant for the national team for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Besides, Mwendwa and his team have been at pains to explain why they had to fire Harambee Stars coach Jacob "Ghost" Mulee barely 11 months into the job and curiously hire Turkish gaffer Engin Firat on a two-month contract.

Claims of high-handedness at Kandanda House have become widespread. The latest group to decry foul are local journalists, who claim they are being denied their right to interview national team coaches.

The office was put in place by football stakeholders who must be involved in the decision-making. It is time Mwendwa and his colleagues realised they occupy a public office and stopped running affairs unilaterally.