The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Terry and FKF South Coast Branch Officials Come to Near Blows

CRISIS: Hussein Terry.

FOOTBALL Kenya Federation (FKF) Coast national executive member Hussein Terry and South Coast branch officials came to near blows over the weekend over hosting of a national Jamhuri women's Peace football tournament.

This follows a row pitting Terry, who is accusing branch secretary Hamisi Mwayoyo and women's coach Asha Pili of receiving Sh1.7 million for the annual tournament that is set for early next month.

Coast's South Coast and North Coast branches led by secretaries Evans Mwachia and Raphael Mwalungo respectively have expressed disappointment with Terry's leadership.

Terry is said to have gathered signatures from some players drawn from three clubs out of coast's 115 to push for the ouster of Asha and Mwayoyo even as Coast provincial sports officer Alex Kabutu exonorated the two officials from blame.

"Let him go a head and produce evidence on the claims. Let him tell us where and when the money was given, and to who?" Kabutu said.

Terry stormed a press conference presided over by Mwachia and attended by 20 officials drawn from Taita/Taveta, Kaloleni, Mombasa and Kwale sub-branches, to announce the suspension of the two officials--Mwayoyo and Asha.

"We want to tell FKF boss Nyamweya that we don't need Terry because he is a liability to our course to redeem football in the coast. How does he incite the national office against us yet what Asha and Pili prepared on our behalf was a proposal. Can't he differentiate a proposed budget and cash," asked Mwachia.

Mwachia and Tito said as a NEC member, Terry has no powers to suspend any official elected to their position and vowed to soldier on with efforts to smoothen the way for local clubs which are cash starved.

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