12 February 2014

Kenya: Reprieve for Nairobi Clubs As MPs Offer to Pay Fees

Several clubs plying their trade in the FKF Nairobi branch leagues will have their affiliation and participation fees for this year paid by their area Members of Parliament.

Makadara MP Bernard Mutura revealed that he will foot a Sh600,000 for clubs that will feature in this year's provincial, county, sub-county and women's league from his constituency.

"I am a former footballer and I know football can prevent youths from engaging in anti-social behaviour. It is for this reason that I want to thank the Nairobi branch for ensuring that its activities are run throughout the year while at the same time keeping youngsters busy," said Mutura at a clubs meeting that was held at a Nairobi hotel. Kamukunji MP Yusuf Abdi also pledged to foot a bill of Sh323,000 shillings that the 23 clubs in his area of jurisdiction owe the branch. FKF President Sam Nyamweya made a brief appearance at the event and donated a ball each to all the 263 teams that were represented. He also gave the clubs Sh50,000.

Branch chairman Michael Ouma, FKF National vice chairman Robert Asembo were present at the annual meeting alongside fellow officials Steve Ragos, George Onyango, Bashir Hussein and Dickson Doyo. University of Nairobi's Wazito FC coached by former international Frankline Obare were commended for qualifying to the national Super League. Several journalists including in The Star's Francis Wadegu, Radio Jambo's trio of Diamond OKusimba, Toldo Kuria, Georges Waka and Radio Milelele's Fred Arocho were also given certificates of recognition for their commitment to the grass-root league.

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