Twaha Mbarak makes pledge to ex-internationals

Twaha Mbarak

Twaha Mbarak addresses Kenyan legends at the City Stadium on January 12, 2022.

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What you need to know:

  • Mwendwa has since stepped aside after challenging the decision in court.
  • Mohamed also appointed a caretaker committee to run football in the country in the interim, a move outlawed by football's world governing body Fifa.

Former football boss Twaha Mbarak says he will make retired Kenyan footballers central to his plans to develop the game if handed the chance to lead the sport.

The Mombasa-based businessman spoke at the City Stadium on Wednesday, after contributing Sh200,000 to Kenya Football Legends, who are heading to Uganda for a series of friendly matches. 

The legends include former Harambee Stars captains Dennis Oliech and Musa Otieno

"We have an elaborate plan, and will ask you to help us mould and guide the youth to make them better footballers and persons. The plan is to make our players be in a position to live comfortably after retirement and still be in a position to help develop the game," explained Twaha.

In a flurry of promises, the veteran administrator pledged to look for sponsors to enable as many interested ex-players as possible to enroll in coaching courses. He also promised to set up a financial institution that will help footballers save and invest their resources.

Twaha has openly declared his interest in becoming the next Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president and picked Andrew Amukoa as his running mate. 

This follows the decision by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed to disband FKF last November in a move that sent its president Nick Mwendwa and his National Executive Committee (NEC) packing.

Mwendwa has since stepped aside after challenging the decision in court.

Mohamed also appointed a caretaker committee to run football in the country in the interim, a move outlawed by football's world governing body Fifa.

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