Hatuna pesa za kuipeleka Harambee Stars Misri – Nick Mwendwa

FKF imekiri kuwa haina pesa ya kuwapeleka Harambee Stars kwa kipute cha wiki ijayo cha kufuzu kwa AFCON nchini Misri.

Rais Nick Mwendwa anasema hawajapokea majibu yoyote kutoka kwa serikali, kuhusiana na ombi lao la ufadhili. Mwendwa anaonya kuwa Kenya itaadhibiwa iwapo itakosa mechi hiyo, ikiwemo kupigwa marufuku ya michuano ya kufuzu kwa AFCON mwaka wa 2023.

Pia ameteta kwamba hakuna tikiti zimetolewa kwa Harambee Starlets kabla ya mechi yao ya kufuzu kwa Olimpiki ya Tokyo mwaka 2020 dhidi ya Zambia wiki ijayo.

Nairobi City Stars waliendeleza mchezo mzuri katika National Super League baada ya kuwafunga Migori Youths 2-1 ugani Camp Toyoyo.

Mabao ya Wycliffe Otieno na Oliver Maloba yalitosha kumpa kocha Sanjin Alagi ushindi wake wa 10 msimu huu na kusalia kileleni wakiwa na alama 32. Nahodha Calvins Masawa anasema wanajikakamua kutetea uongozi wao huku wakinuia kurudi katika ligi kuu msimu ujao.

Kadi nyekundu aliyopewa kiungo wa Tottenham Son Heung-min kwa kumgonga Andre Gomes na kumsababishia jeraha baya la mguu, imebatilishwa na F.A.

Awali Son alikua amepewa kadi ya njano kabla ya refa kuibadilisha na kumpa nyekundu. Kiungo huyo wa Korea Kusini aliondolewa uwanjani kwa kucheza vibaya lakini tume huru imetangaza kuwa hakufaa kondolewa. Ligi ya Premier ilieleza kuwa kadi hio nyekundu ilipewa Son kwa kuhatarisha usalama wa mchezaji.

Liverpool itachezesha vikosi viwili tofauti katika mashindano mawili chini ya masaa 24 baada ya EFL kutangaza kuwa tarehe ya mechi yao ya robo fainali ya kombe la Carabao na Aston Villa haitobadilishwa.

The Reds watachuana na Villa tarehe 17 Disemba saa 10:45 usiku na kisha kucheza mechi ya nusu fainali ya kombe la dunia la klabu huko Qatar siku ifuatayo saa 8:30pm.

Meneja Jurgen Klopp alikua amesema hawataweza kucheza mechi hizo. Liverpool sasa watacheza mechi 9 mwezi Disemba.

 

Chelsea walijikakamua na kutoka nyuma 4-1 na kutoka sare ya 4-4 na kujipatia alama moja muhimu katika ligi ya mabingwa huku Ajax ikimaliza mechi hiyo ugani Stamford Bridge na wachezaji 9.

Ajax walitawala mechi hiyo baada ya  Donny van de Beek kuwafungia mabao matatu dakika 10 baada ya mapumziko lakini Chelsea wakajikakamua na kujiokoa. Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho na Reece James walifungia the Blues mabao.

Liverpool walikusanya ushindi mwingine katika kampeni yao kwa kuwanyuka Genk mabao 2-1 ugani Anfield. Vijana wa Jürgen Klopp walipoteza kwa Napoli katika mechi yao ya ufunguzi ya kundi E mechi pekee waliyopoteza msimu huu, lakini wameshinda mechi tatu zilizofuata. Georginio Wijnaldum na Alex Oxlade Chamberlain walifungia Liverpool mabao yao huku mtanzania Mbwana Samatta akiwapa Genk bao moja. Liverpool sasa wapo kileleni mwa kundi lao juu ya Napoli, waliotoka sare ya 1-1 na Salzburg.

 

Harambee Stars has never had match fixing problems since I took office – Nick Mwendwa

Football Kenya Federation president, Nick Mwendwa has strongly defended his administration regarding the now emotive Match fixing scandal reports surrounding the national team, Harambee Stars.

Nick Mwendwa categorically stated that since taking office over three years ago, there have been zero match fixing reports or even speculations, surrounding Harambee Stars.

Mwendwa was speaking to Gidi and Ghost on Tuesday, where was reacting following a story carried by Nation newspaper. The paper reports that FIFA have launched investigations into match-fixing claims against George Owino Audi.

The report claims that Owino who worked with high-profile international match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal, pocketed millions of shillings after helping throw away Harambee Stars’ matches.

George Owino, match fixing
George Owino, match fixing

It further claims that a FIFA report which was released in September 2018, Mr Owino, a defender and RAJ Perumal exchanged 177 email communications where he agreed to influence a number of Harambee Stars international match results

conspired to manipulate and influence the result of international matches involving Kenya.

Confirming that he had indeed read the story, Mwendwa was quick to point out that he has never heard of any match fixing claims since he was elected as FKF president.

We have never received any reports during the last few years I have been in office. All the matches we have lost, we lost them fair and square. We have never had any player implicated in such scandals. He said.

 

Below is an excerpt from the phone interview between Nick Mwendwa and the breakfast presenters.

Have you seen the report?

We have already heard of the allegations and now we want to follow up, know the facts then we take it from there.

We are waiting to hear from football governing body, FIFA, once they give us their report we will take it from there. So people will be summoned then the committee will do their job.

Match fixing like I said, it’s not a matter of FKF only but it’s an issue which we take lightly when it comes to football matters.

Then once you find yourself being implicated in the match fixing issue, it is not easy coming up with a concrete evidence. Because the first thing is; Did a player score in his own net? Did the defender just easily let the striker score?

If indeed the accused was sent for an email and he responded, then what did you do in the said game? So they must review the footage and also study your behavior during the entire match.

 

Allegations on possibility that former Kakamega Homeboyz Paul Nkata was fixing some matches

We have received the reports and I spoke to the club and asked them to forward the evidence they have, also the recordings they claim they have on the coach allegedly paying his players.

Nkata is from Uganda and that makes things hard, we must take action as FKF. We must involve FIFA so that once someone is banned in Kenya he cannot continue practicing in Argentina.

We have already written to FIFA and explained what we know.

Listen to the audio below.

FKF Dealt Huge Blow As Nick Mwendwa Loses Bid To Increase KPL Teams To 18

Football Kenya Federation chairman Nick Mwendwa has been permanently restrained from imposing new regulations in the management of the Premier League.

High court judge John Mativo on Thursday upheld the decision of FKF and KPL to have 16 teams participating in the league and not 18 has imposed by the chairman.

The judge said that post season regulations and addition of clubs by the chairman violates agreement by the parties and is considered by the court as unlawful.

“A declaration is hereby issued that KPL shall have a maximum of 16 teams during the 2017 season which qualified for sporting merit on the field during the 2016 season.”

Justice Mativo said in his judgement that the introduction and adoption of the FKF club licensing regulations at the AGM is irregular and unconstitutional.

Former FKF president Sam Nyamweya filed the petition at the High court accusing Mwendwa of passing club licensing regulation without the participation of members and stakeholders.

He argued that this was in breach of the principle of natural justice.

Nyamweya said that unilateral actions by the chairman will bring chaos and disunity in Kenya football and degrade the extensive strides that have been achieved.

He contended that the move could cause total ban on Kenyan football by FIFA to the detriment of the whole country.

The ex-FKF boss said the action could further cost the country from hosting the continental Africa Nations Championship of 2018 competition.

Mwendwa, the applicant said, acted contrary to the agreement by FKF and KPL by expanding the Premier League to 18 teams starting 2017.

He maintained that the club licensing regulations are against Article 3 of the Confederation of Africa Football and FIFA licensing guidelines.

-The Star| George Omondi

Brighter Days As Harambee Stars Set To Play Congo, Mali

Brighter days lie ahead for Kenya’s national football team, Haraambee Stars, after Football Kenya Federation president, Nick Mwendwa confirmed that they are set to face Congo DR in a friendly international next month.

Mwendwa said they are determined to ensure Stars are well equipped to engage on equal footing with their opponents when the qualifiers for the 2019 African Cup of Nations start later this year.

“We played Congo in their own turf and beat them so we want them to come here so that we can give our players an opportunity to show they are up to the task. The national team will also play against Mali later. For years, we have not done well against West African nations and we want to show things will be different from now on,” Mwendwa said.

Kenya is in a tricky group to reach the finals that will be held in Cameroon with five-time African champions Ghana as well as Ethiopia and Sierra Leone standing in their way.

Kwani…Hawasongi? Harambee Stars Retain Position 87 In Latest FIFA rankings

 At the same time and for the first time in the history of Kenyan football, all the 20 branches of FKF will benefit from financial agreements the national office entered into with its commercial partners. The first batch of Sh2 million is to be shared equally handed over to branch officials at the federation headquarters at Goal Project Kasarani.
Mwendwa revealed that the amount will rise to Sh8 million this year and increase even further when the federation goes into other sponsorship agreements.

“We want the game to grow at the grass roots so every commercial agreement we will make as a federation ten percent of the deal will go directly to the branches,” Mwendwa told the gathering branch officials.

The FKF boss went on to enumerate the achievements of his federation, which celebrated one year in office yesterday pointing to the fact that for the first time, a Kenyan women national team, Harambee Starlets, qualified for the women’s African Cup of Nations Their male counterparts, Harambee Stars, are on an eight-match unbeaten streak since Stanley Okumbi took over. Mwendwa disclosed that Kenya played the most international fixtures last year, according to Fifa stats.

Currently, the national under-20 team which Mwendwa said is being prepared for the qualifiers of the 2020 Olympics that will be held in Tokyo, Japan, is in Senegal for a friendly against the hosts.

-The Star

Plans Underway To Have Harambee Stars Tackle An Asian Nation Next Year

Plans are underway to have Harambee Stars play two European Nations as part of their build to 2019 African Cup Of Nations qualifiers, Federation Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa has revealed.

Mwendwa says they have established communication with the two nations but they cannot be named at this stage. FKF is also in touch with a contact in Asia over a possible friendly with an Asian nation next year.

FKF Inherited Sh200M Debt, Says Nick Mwendwa

Harambee Stars jetted back yesterday from DR Congo where they managed to beat them one nil in a friendly match thanks to a Michael Olunga strike.

The Sweden based forward scored Stars lone goal in the second half. Olunga has been in sensational form for his Swedish side, Djurgaden FC banging in goals at will in the last few weeks.

It started from second half substitute Paul Were, who danced through Congo’s defence from the left wing to see his cross hit the post but the former Gor Mahia striker was at hand to control the rebound and score past Kiassumbua Joel. Were had just been introduced into the match from the bench, Goal.com reports.

AUDIO: Clubs Don’t Have Doctors, Only Physiotherapists! – Decries Nick Mwendwa

This was Stanley Okumbi’s first away win since taking over as Stars’ head coach.

Kenya had struggled to settle down in the game from second half but their first half is a period to forget despite the victory. DRC Congo had completely dominated the game with Kenya’s rearguard being porous on several occasions.

DR Congo were the better side for the better part of the match but Kenyan defense led by captain of the day David Owino held on.

DR Congo squad: 16. Kiassumbua Joel (Matampi Ley,), 14. Zakuani Gabriel (C), 4. Oualembo Christopher, 22. Mbemba Chancel, 6. Nsimba Vital, 20. Maghoma Jacques, 15. Mulumba Remi, 8. Mpoku Paul, 7. Botaka Jordan, 27. Mubele Firman, 9. Bolingi Jonathan.

Subs: 1. Matampi Ley, 2. Issama Ojos, 13. Lomalisa Joyce, 17. Bope Merveille, 11. Bolasie Yannick, 10. Kebano Neskens, 12. Lukebakio Dody.

Harambee Stars squad: Boniface Oluoch (GK), Jockins Atudo, David Owino (C), Brian Mandela, Aboud Omar, Anthony Akumu, Ismael Gonzalez, Eric Johanna, Rama Salim, Jesse Were, Michael Olunga.

 

 

FKF Inherited Sh200M Debt, Says Nick Mwendwa

Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa has disclosed that his office inherited a staggering debt of almost Sh200million.

Mwendwa, who made the startling revelation while addressing officials from south coast during the consultative meeting held last Sunday at Mombasa sports club, said the federation targets to settle all the outstanding debts by the year 2019.

‘’When we took office we were in a state of shock. We found a whooping debt of Sh195 millions with creditors all over armed with court orders. However we have managed so far to reduce the debts substantially and hopefully by 2019 we shall have settled all the outstanding debts’’

The FKF supremo disclosed he took office at the period Kenya FA was serving embargo from the world governing body FIFA, for lack of accountability and transparency

‘’FIFA demanded we provide a road map on how we plan to have internal controls and we provided the same to the satisfaction of the world governing body after which they lifted the embargo’’

Mwendwa said the federation has attracted donor confidence as vindicated by the recent signing of Sh70 million Sports Pesa sponsorship. Premier mobile phone service provider Safaricom and soft drink giants Coca Cola limited are some of the sponsors that have shown interest in investing in the game.

The FKF president was on a tour of Mombasa last Sunday after gracing the national beach soccer trials in Malindi the previous day. The consultative meeting in Mombasa was to update the regional soccer leaders on the progress of the federation since taking over office five months ago.

AUDIO: Clubs Don’t Have Doctors, Only Physiotherapists! – Decries Nick Mwendwa

Football Federation of Kenya President, Nick Mwendwa has decried the deplorable state of medical preparedness among local football clubs, in case of health emergencies.

Mwendwa was speaking to Radio Jambo presenters, Fred Arocho and Yusuf Kaona in wake of the recent tragic news where Cameroon international Patrick Ekeng died after collapsing on the field in Romania.

The 26 year-old midfielder, played for Dinamo Bucharest.

His team was playing Viitorul in Bucharest on Friday when he collapsed. Ekeng fell during the 69th minute of the game and was rushed to hospital, where he was declared dead, local media reported.

The incident was followed by yet another tragedy hitting Cameroon, where Jeanine Christelle Djomnang a female footballer who plied her trade with the country’s women’s elite league side, Femina Stars Ebolowa collapsed during her warm-up after suffering a suspected heart attack, less than 48 hours after Ekeng’s death.

With such cases on the rise, Arocho and Kaona sought to learn about the state of preparedness in our local clubs from Nick Mwendwa in case of such tragedies.

Among the things highlighted by Mwendwa, are; lack of finances and the fact that local clubs only boast of physiotherapists and not actual doctors.

Listen to the clip below:

 

AUDIO: Football fan makes passionate appeal to FKF president Nick Mwendwa

Barely a week since he was overwhelmingly elected into office, New FKF president Nick Mwendwa was back on Radio Jambo airwaves honouring a pledge he made during his campaign periods.

Nick Mwendwa already aware of the daunting task ahead of him and hit new team in office, spoke to World Of Sports presenters; Fred Arocho and Yusuf Kaona on Sunday. Making a record ninth appearance on the show, Mwendwa opened up about his plans as he looks to streamline Kenyan football as well as win back the fans’ hearts through quality management.

When the time came for the youthful president to take questions from Radio Jambo listeners, one staunch football fan going by the name Opiyo made one of the most passionate appeals to Mwendwa regarding a number of issues he and many football fans want worked on if indeed Kenyan football is set to make significant steps.

Opiyo put the Kariobangi Sharks chairman to task on issues surrounding Harambee Stars poor or rather lack of proper preparations, wrangles surrounding Zoo Kericho football team, the need to have a feeder team and the upcoming CHAN tournament which Kenya is set to host come 2018.

Listen to Opiyo’s passionate appeal below:

Nick Mwendwa elected FKF president

Nick Mwendwa was on Wednesday elected FKF president taking over from Sam Nyamweya who withdrew from the race minutes before the elections.

Mwendwa garnered 50 votes out of 77 to beat Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier who garnered 27 votes. Mwendwa says his first job will be to restore order at the federation. The new president also says Harambee Stars’ preparations for the AFCON 2017 qualifier match against Guinnea Bissau in March, start immediately.

The newly elected president says outgoing FKF Officials who are under investigations for misuse of funds won’t be spared. Mwendwa says they will hand over all the documents to the government for further investigations.

Meanwhile Doris Petra was elected as the Federations vice president, becoming the first woman to hold such a post in the country. Petra polled 53 votes in the run off, with Dan Shikanda getting only one vote . Previously she worked with FKF as NEC member in charge of leagues and competitions. Eight candidates from Nick Mwendwa’s camp were also elected to the Federation’s National executive committee.  There were no complains arising from the polls.

 

 

AUDIO: “I am not too old to lead FKF”, says Ambrose Rachier

 

After vetting fellow FKF presidential officials, Nick Mwendwa, Sammy Shollei and Gor Semelango, Gor Mahia and KPL Chairman Ambrose Rachier was next in the hot seat.

Fresh from celebrating his team’s achievements at the annual KPL awards gala on Wednesday night, Rachier was ready and raring to go as he took Jambo listeners through his manifesto.

According to Rachier, his main objective is to ‘cleanse’ an already rotten federation starting from sweeping out corruption and taking care of players, coaches and referees’ welfare which he believes is largely ignored.

When asked about the age factor which most of his competitors and stakeholders think will cost him the top seat, Rachier said, “First of all I have said that those are just people’s opinions, for instance Former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter is almost 80 so I don’t see any problem.”

The 66-year-old further added that he is best suited for the job than others since “I have led record league champions Gor Mahia for years, and all has been well. I can rely much on the experience I have gained over the years, I am like fine wine.”

Rachier who is also a lawyer, further took shots at fellow contender Nick Mwendwa whose team Kariobangi Sharks has never been promoted to the premier league in his 16-year reign at the helm, adding that although his leadership skills and goals are admirable, Mwendwa needs more time.