- Chairman of Kenya Football Coaches Association (Kefoca) Ricky Solomon is strongly against the new norm of starting rival associations as it lowers the standards of football management.
The Bandari FC Twahir Muhiddin and his Tusker FC ally coach Robert Matano founded a new coaches’ body to rival the Kenya Football Coaches Association (Kefoca). They named it Kenya National Football Coaches Association (Kenfoca).
The coaches’ body association has recently been linked with a lot of politicking in its operation which is likely to interfere with its management and the formation of the rivalry body has worsened the situation. Solomon is against the idea.
“What I know is that the only credible coaches’ body is Kefoca. The other one I’m hearing about doesn’t concern me. All the big nations in football do not have a situation like ours. Look at Nigeria in Africa, India in Asia and even in our neighboring nations in east Africa, nothing like this has happened,” said Solomon.
Ricky Solomon has been serving as the Kefoca chairman since 2009 alongside John Bob Oyugi as secretary-general. Solomon is certain, based on his experience that the culture will interfere with the management in the long run.
“People should accept election results and move on with their life. Didier Drogba din’t get even a single vote in the Ivory Coast (elections for FA presidency) and he accepted the outcome. Here in Kenya there was a time the late Jonathan ‘Simba’ Niva got only two votes and still continued with his life. We cannot all be in office. This is a bad precedence because another association may be formed just because of the current state,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Kenfoca continues gaining roots as it brings elite coaches on board including Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi, Zedekiah Otieno (KCB), Francis Baraza (Biashara United, Tanzania), and Anthony Kimani (AFC Leopards).