- Football Kenya Federation (FKF) presidential candidate Herbert Mwachiro has distanced himself from the FKF purchase of an Outside Broadcast (OB) Van in 2017 and the country’s failed bid to host the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN).
Mwachiro, who served as FKF’s Deputy Chief Executive between November 2017 and May 2018 has come out to clear himself, ‘Don’t Blame Me for Failed CHAN Bid and OB Van Purchase Scandal’.
“I disagreed Mwendwa on principle and left. Nothing personal. He has since fallen out with KPL and the government. He doesn’t have an enabling environment to develop the game locally,” Mwachiro said.
The 50-year old Mwachio, who served as the Chief Executive of Kenya’s failed 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) organizing committee has dismissed any responsibility that led to Kenya being stripped of the Chan rights.
“I had nothing to do with Kenya losing out on the hosting rights for CHAN 2018 to Morocco. It was out of my hands. It also had nothing to do with a lack of quality stadiums. We had the goodwill from Caf. The whole of Africa wanted to come to Meru, Machakos, Mombasa, Kakamega, and Kisumu,” the former renowned TV pundit at SuperSport said.
He also said cited the 2017 high political temperatures as the key to the failure. He said that the (tournament) sponsors did not want to take a risk of bringing football to Kenya.
On the OB Van purchase, he said that FIFA forwarded Sh125 million to FKF to purchase the vehicle and in-built studio at the time neither the money nor van is available at the moment.
“I was not involved in the purchase. I’m banking on FKF to hand over and we will use the documents to analyze the situation and bring solutions. That said, I will invest development monies from FIFA and Caf in the youth,” Mwachiro said.
Mwachiro also shares his plans on the way forward on FKF.
He said he will involve the Government in a talk to Harambee Stars former coaches Adel Amrouche, Bobby Williamson, and Sebastian Migne on a payment plan to settle the cumulative Sh180 million debts FKF owes them.
He further reveals that he will also seek to ‘lessen’ politics within football leadership and formulated a sound plan for football development in the country.