What you need to know:
- We now urge the committee to see ways in which we can get to broadcast our local matches.
- The blackout of the league is due to the pullout of the broadcaster StarTimes from televising the matches.
- The committee must find ways out since with the goodwill they have, they can be easily trusted by the corporate bodies. This can be done and must be done.
Last Wednesday, we woke up to the encouraging news that one Nicholas Mwendwa had tendered his resignation as President of Football Kenya Federation.
It was the sweetest news of the week and we wish to congratulate him for going away.
His resignation letter written in the wee hours of the night was a very carefully worded epistle. It did not sound like the piercing and arrogant way he used to parley before.
Police cells can teach wisdom even to those that pretend to deafness. What we found funny is that the fellow decided to quote some Fifa rules and vacate the seat for his deputy.
He also noted hilariously that the frequent apprehension and detentions have adversely affected his family and personal business.
He does not comprehend how his stay at the helm of the federation has hurt many players’ families and personal business! To him we say good riddance.
The matter is in court so we won’t comment further.
The other refreshing news is that the caretaker committee appointed by the minister has started its work in earnest.
A meeting between them and representatives of football clubs of both the Premier League and the National Super League.
From that meeting, we learn that the committee has committed itself to making important changes to streamline football in this country.
That the committee shall extend financial help to the clubs. That top-tier participants were to be granted Sh300,000 while the National Super League outfits will get Sh250,000 as logistical support at the resumption of the league this past weekend.
The committee also handled the thorny and embarrassing issue of referees’ payment which was never solved by the FKF cadavers.
The umpires were being paid by the clubs! To add insult to injury, male referees were paid higher than their male counterparts.
The committee has decided that it shall pay all the referees equally and that payment shall be done on Wednesdays or Thursdays after they submit the match reports.
These may seem to be very small issues but those who know just to what depths we had fallen in terms of football management in this country will respect them as a huge step in the right direction.
The league resumed this past weekend and we only expect it to be even more invigorated as time goes by.
For the next six months we do not expect to see the suspended FKF people even two metres from Kandanda house; they ought to leave us alone and if they are clever enough, they should take the cue from their boss and quit altogether!
There is no need to prolong a situation in which we blush!
We now urge the committee to see ways in which we can get to broadcast our local matches.
The blackout of the league is due to the pullout of the broadcaster StarTimes from televising the matches.
The committee must find ways out since with the goodwill they have, they can be easily trusted by the corporate bodies. This can be done and must be done.