17 September 2006

Kenya: Mr Minister, Stop This Circus And Dissolve KFF


Nairobi — Running football in the country is now beyond the current Kenya Football Federation (KFF) office.

The truth of the matter is that the federation has failed in its mandate and should pave way for credible leadership.

It is time the Sports Minister, Maina Kamanda cracked his whip and dissolved the federation.

The minister should not care about a Fifa ban as we can no longer keep these people in office.

We should borrow a leaf from Guinea who served a two-year ban, but made it to the Nations Cup final after it was lifted.

If Kamanda does not want to take action, he will go down as having failed the lovers of the game in the country.

The action that KFF took on in sacking Jacob Mulee and William Nyongesa was, in effect the last nail on their coffin.

It is not that I support either Mulee or Nyongesa, but that was a polite way of firing French coach Bernard Lama.

But one does not need to look at Thursday's action to ask for KFF to be dissolved.

What they have done since assuming office is nothing to write home about. Infighting has been the order of the day for the federation.

KFF secretary general Dan Omino may have insisted that Lama was still in employment ,but the mere fact that his assistants were shown the door leaves no doubt about the Frenchman's exit.

The action was a clear indication that the federation had failed to address the real problem but instead decided to pass the buck by firing the technical bench.

In as much as Mulee and company might not have been the right men, how can one explain the appointment of Dino Kitavi and Robert Matano?

Kitavi had all the best players at his disposal while at Tusker FC but had to be sacked because he could not deliver.

Then for Matano, apart from winning the President's Cup with Kenya Pipeline what other achievements does he have to show?

The other coach Tom Olaba is best remembered for the infamous under-17 saga and his coaching stint in Tanzania.

In as much as I would want to wish them success, they should forget the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana and should not even dream of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Before long, they will be complaining about unpaid salaries and allowances plus lack of friendly matches for the national team.

The best they should do at the moment is just turn down the appointment and concentrate on club duty as we wait for a Fifa ban.

We will not lose much by sitting out of international competitions for two years.

It will be enough time for us to put our house in order and ensure we do not elect the same crop of officials into football management again.

It's now my humble plea to former internationals to rise up and take over the current KFF office.

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