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Transition Committee should polish its act in the new season

Football cannot run properly without funds and this is the burning issue the Transition Committee must address at once.

In Summary

•The CS brought the development to light in a gazette notice on Monday, pointing out that the appointment was effective beginning Tuesday.

•The Transition Committee was constituted on May 13 to replace the FKF Caretaker Committee which had been at the helm for six months since its appointment last November after CS Amina expelled the Nick Mwendwa-led federation.

Harambee Stars players celebrate during a past match
Harambee Stars players celebrate during a past match
Image: FILE

On Monday, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed extended the mandate of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Transition Committee for another two months.

The term of the 11-member Committee headed by General (Rtd) Maurice Oyugi lapsed on Sunday.

The CS brought the development to light in a gazette notice, pointing out that the appointment was effective beginning Tuesday. 

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 54 (1) of the Sports Act, 2013, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage appoints the Football Kenya Federation Transition Committee.

“Its membership comprise Maurice Oyugi (Chairperson), Mwangi Muthee (Vice Chairperson), Ali Amour, Bobby Ogolla, Neddy Atieno, Ceasar Handa, Hassan Haji, J. J. Masiga (Dr.), Michael Muchemi, Rachael Kamweru, Anthony Isayi.

"Secretariat of the Transition Committee includes Lindah Oguttu (Head of the Secretariat), Lorine Nerea (Secretary), Edward Rombo (Joint Secretary), Robin Toskin, Rashid Shedu, Maxwell Wasike, and Alan Asalika,” the notice read.

This is the second time the CS is extending the Committee's mandate, having done the same on June 16.

The Transition Committee was constituted on May 13 to replace the FKF Caretaker Committee which had been at the helm for six months since its appointment last November, after CS Amina expelled the Nick Mwendwa-led federation.

The decision came hot on the heels of grave allegations of financial mismanagement by Mwendwa's administration that led to a fierce legal battle and a resultant standoff between the government and the world football governing body, Fifa.

Fifa insisted that the government had contravened its statutes by interfering in the activities of a legally constituted member association.

The governing body proceeded to suspend the East African nation from the international stage, a costly decision that took a heavy toll on both the men's and women's national teams as well as KPL champions Tusker and their KWPL colleagues Vihiga Queens.

This was after the Ministry of Sports failed to convince Fifa to lift the far-reaching suspension.

Fifa has since dug in and demanded the reinstatement of Mwendwa and his colleagues into office before the suspension is lifted.

Indeed, CS Amina doesn't have any options given the current political situation in the country.

The decision is welcoming considering no one would wish to experience a leadership vacuum with only two weeks left now before the start of the top-tier league, on August 27.

It is now upon the TC to unveil a new season devoid of the theatrics that marred the preceding campaign, following adverse concerns about poor officiating and improper Management of competitions.

On May 19, TC's head of leagues and competitions Ali Amour said they are not obliged by law to aid any top-flight club.

Amour was reacting to concerns raised by Mathare United founder and chairman Bob Munro.

However, common sense shows that competition of such a magnitude cannot survive without adequate financial muscle. It, therefore, behooves TC to court partners who are willing to pump enough funds into the leagues.

Amour categorically stated in an interview at Nyayo Stadium that part of their immediate business would be to attract league sponsorship.

He now has a duty to make good his promise in the two months they will be in office  before the expiry of their extended term. All the best!

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