Football Stakeholders led by Twaha Mbarak have welcomed the disbandment of the current Football Kenya Federation regime under Nick Mwendwa by Sports Ministry Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohamed.
CS Amina on Thursday announced the decision to disband FKF and appointed a caretaker committee under retired judge Aaron Ringera to oversee matters for football in Kenya for the next six months.
Mbarak said the decision has come as great joy and relief following the government decision to invoke the law and appoint a caretaker committee to run the affairs of the Football Kenya Federation.
“This decision has restored the hopes of all football lovers who had given up as the standards of our game had deteriorated massively under the leadership of one Mr. Nicholus Kithuku Mwendwa and his colleagues,” said Mbarak.
“While this milestone is a major one in the quest to have our football turn the corner, it is the beginning of what will be a tough but surmountable task to reform our football. We wish to state that we have full confidence in the committee that will be chaired by Justice (Rtd) Aaron Ringera alongside other members who have the capacity to transform the federation with a view to having new officials elected through a credible process that is compliant with the law.”
“Concerning the fear of a possible FIFA sanction, it is our firm position that the world body will work with the government and the committee to get our football back on track. As soon as possible, it is our expectation that the committee will, with the support of the government, engage with FIFA and all stakeholders so that a roadmap can be put in place and proper timelines set.”
“To the entire football fraternity, we urge that everybody now takes their place in readiness for the new dispensation that is nigh. Football clubs and County Football Associations must now ensure they do everything to comply with the Sports Act in readiness for elections.”
Former Harambee Stars defender Gabriel Olang also supported the decision which he termed will improve the standards of football.
” I think this is the best thing that has happened to Kenya football and I thank CS Amina for being strong and courageous for saving our game. The poor quality of leadership and misguided strategy at Fkf failed us. their job was to facilitate and make it easier for everybody to benefit from football not dictate,” he said.
” What is needed now is the committee to form a task force to carry out a structural review of Fkf’s governing body and a new vision and mission with clear strategic objectives around which the whole game can unite.
And I plead with my former players to unite as one and to leave our egos behind so as to save this beautiful game from outsiders who don’t understand the professional game. ”