- Following the final whistle, Football Kenya Federation chief, Nick Mwendwa meets an angry response from Kakamega Homeboyz Chairman Cleophas Shimanyula who demands him to go home.
So far, the announcement has not elicited a positive reaction. The endless dispute between league management body (KPL) and Football Kenya Federation has intensified.
Shimanyula’s team was making good progress in second place with 47 points after Gor Mahia with 54 before an announcement by the federation to declare Gor Mahia the winner. He is angered by the hasty and improvised decision.
The Federation led by Mwendwa has so far expressed no interest in changing its decision. The furious chairman pointed out that Kenyan football has been poorly managed over time and it needs a collaborative leader.
He shows concerns over the quality of Kenyan football under the leadership of Mwendwa. FKF needs a new Chief Executive Officer as Cleophas revealed: “Mwendwa’s time to leave office lapsed a long time ago, he is the reason why football is ailing in Kenya.”
According to Shimanyula, Mwendwa was biased in his decision. This claim is because Kariobangi Sharks who are associated with Mwendwa were likely to be relegated before the end of the league.
“He has hurriedly ended this season’s league fearing for Kariobangi Sharks potential relegation,” ruled Shimanyula.
Dan Shikanda, the AFC Leopards’ boss also addressed the issue. He plans to seek legal action from the Sports Disputes Tribunal to get justice.
While most club leaders seem to distance themselves from the verdict made by Mwendwa, the outspoken ones including Sofapaka’s chair, Elly Kalekwa expresses their views terming the conclusion of the match as hasty.
“Mwendwa should have first of all consulted with the Kenyan Premier League before jumping to the conclusion,” Kalekwa stated.
Lack of proper consultation and transparency has been the major cause of the fury and heated reaction that is escalating.