Otieno has addressed Fifa to be careful with FKF president Nick Mwendwa and his dangers to Kenya’s football

  • Paul Nyang’owo Otieno, a concerned Kenyan citizen who identifies himself as a stakeholder has written to Fifa with regards to the stalled Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections and warned of the “greater football harm” posed by Nick Mwendwa.

Otieno claims that Mwendwa’s actions alongside the National Executive Committee members’ conduct regarding disputes and elections have concerned him greatly.

“I am a concerned football stakeholder, with a deep understanding of Kenya’s football history; in particular, matters relating to ‘football disputes’ and ‘elections’,” Otieno’s letter read.

“Immediately after assuming office in 2016 FKF filed a petition at Sports Dispute Tribunal in Kenya, with an aim of expanding Kenya Premier League from 16 teams to 18 teams, a case which was ruled in their favor by SDT, and KPL had no choice except to allow league expansion to 18 teams, at the expense of losing a major sponsor (SuperSport) after the breach of contract (that mentioned only 16 teams, top tier league, as the contract deal),” the letter continued.

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He also said that FKF used to recognize SDT and had full confidence in the Constitutional Tribunal.

“I am not a lawyer by practice, but ‘Sports and The Law’ is a subject of interest to me, given my years of practice in the field of Sports Management.”

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He further detailed on the FKF negative impact on the development of the game and why they have grown to dislike the John Ohaga-led SDT.

“Mwendwa and former FKF NEC officials are doing greater harm to Kenya’s football, (recourse to ordinary courts) in Kenya through parties they’ve sponsored,” the letter added.

“Recent rulings by SDT haven’t favored Mwendwa and his team, and according to them, SDT should be disbanded all together or SDT Chairman and Committee members be replaced, the same SDT he had confidence in when all rulings went to his favor,” Otieno said in the letter

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“These aren’t good times for Kenya’s football, and as Fifa directed recently in March 2020 through Mr Véron Mosengo-Omba response letter, Kenya’s football disputes should be resolved peacefully by all stakeholders involved,” the letter noted.

It is understood that FKF is fighting many court cases involving elections and the sackings of Adel Amrouche and Bobby Williamson and may be it time for salvation.

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