- The former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Vice-President Twaha Mbarak has come out protesting at how the federation runs Kenyan football, stating that selfish interests had caused serious damage to the game in Kenya.
Former football administrator says the federation body “needs to look itself in the mirror and ask the hard questions” behind the reoccurring issues at the management level.
Mbarak shared his opinion as soon as the Sports Tribunal Thursday issued orders that Nick Mwendwa and the current National Executive Committee (NEC) members will remain in office until another election is done.
Football discussions in the country have shifted from the pitch to the boardrooms following the pandemic and a court ruling on March 17 that nullified FKF elections for the second time in three months. Mbarak now wants the body to do a self-analysis.
“We need to look at ourselves in the mirror, ask ourselves what if we did the right thing grow the game and in the end, football will give us back the fruits the game has given to other countries,” Twaha said.
“We missed the opportunity in 2004, 2011, and 2016 to put in place fundamental structures of governance, which is now being reflected in 2020,” Mbarak lamented.
“From the administration of Maina Kariuki through to Nick Mwendwa, our football matters have ended up being police cases. Football is not supposed to be like that.
“If we treat football well, nurture it be considerate to the players’ everyone will, in the end, go home with something and happy,” Mbarak said.
The former Black Panther midfielder, now a member of Bandari FC’s Board of Trustees, stated: “all those in the outgoing federation office served under Sam Nyamweya’s regime, some in the Mohamed Hatimy tenure and others date as far back as Maina Kariuki’s era.