Former Chairman of the Kenya Football Coaches Association (Kefoca) and sports administrator Hamisi Shivachi has vowed to challenge incumbent President Nick Mwendwa in the forthcoming Football Kenya Federation (FKF) polls.
FKF elections are slated for February 2020. Shivachi said he wants to change the face of football in the country saying Mwendwa led administration had failed. “I wish to make it public by declaring my interest to vie for the FKF presidency in the forthcoming elections,” he said.
“Our teams, he added, are performing poorly at the continental stage due to poor leadership and low standards of the local leagues owing to Mwendwa’s wanting leadership style,” he lamented.
He said from his experience as a coach and having nurtured many players he knows what it takes to promote the sport and improve the quality of the playing unit. Shivachi said football was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and needed a spin doctor saying he had remedial measures to arrest the ailing situation of the sport.
He said the country’s football leadership for many years has been inept characterized by favouritism, corruption and indecisiveness which he vowed will be a thing of the past once he takes over.
He faulted FKF saying they have no business in running football. “Nothing seems to be going well in football with incessant corruption, which is the order of the day. Recently a top FKF official who was the CEO was forced to step aside to allow investigations over an irregular transfer of a player,” he said.
He said the manner Harambee Stars coach are hired, poor performance in continental matches and outcries by players over nonpayment of their dues is a cause of concern. Shivach said FKF needs experienced leaders with a passion for the beautiful game of football and warned against recycling leaders as they have nothing new to offer.
He, however, lauded Kenya Premier League (KPL) for running football professionally saying the federation should borrow a leaf from them. He called upon football administrators to ensure any foreign based coach undergoes lessons in Kiswahili since locally it’s an official language.
Shivachi, a former lecturer at Masinde Muliro University is a CAF recognized Match Commissioner, researcher and consultant in human and international development.
The sports administrator who is fluent in French added: “We are good performers in Athletics, why are we a constant failure in football? I have the goodwill, good ideas, I have never failed in my objectives and targets. I have nurtured many players who are plying their professional careers outside the country. I have coached and scouted many player,” he noted.
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