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Sam Nyamweya took over as FKF chairman in 2011 when he won a flawed election. As incumbent, he is once again the favourite to win thanks to his vast war-chest:
Kenya has not qualified for any major tournament under Nyamweya. Under Nyamweya, the senior national Harambee stars has attempted to qualify for the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Africa nations cup. All attempts have fallen flat in large part due to poor preparations. The players have pleaded for adequate preparations including friendly matches but their pleas have almost always fallen on deaf ears. Poor preparations has seen Kenya eliminated by teams like Guinea Bissau, Togo and Lesotho.
Kenya’s performance in he Africa Nations championships (CHAN) has not been any better. In the qualifiers for the 2014 edition, Kenya was eliminated by Burundi while for the 2016 edition, Kenya lost to Ethiopia.
Kenya has fared even worse in age group tournaments. In most cases, Kenya has withdrawn due to lack of funds. When Kenya has participated, their aspirations have been doomed by poor organization at FKF. Case in point was the Olympic qualifer against Botswana. Poor travel plans saw Kenya arrive only hours before the match. The net result was that Kenya lost 0-3 to a team they should have beaten.
The performance of the women’s team has not been any better. Once again Kenya has withdrawn from most tournaments due to lack of funds.
FIFA giveseach Federation a minimum of US $250,000 which under current exchange rates translates to Ksh 25 million. There is additional money that comes from FIFA as grants for special projects.
A German TV exposee on corruption in football accused Nyamweya of ‘pocketing’ more than USD 500,000 (Sh48.9m) in development aid funds from world governing body, FIFA.
In a documentary titled “Soccer for Sale – Sepp Blatter and Allegations of Sleaze at FIFA” that aired on Deutsche Welle on Monday, Jérôme J. Dufourg, a French football marketing executive who worked with FKF provided documents supporting claims that allegedly implicate Nyamweya.
Yet Nyamweya always claims the Federation is short of funds. When Harambee stars recently played Mauritius, the FKF abandoned the players at their hotel without allowances is nothing short of scandalous, with some national team players having to ask their clubs for money.
Kenya are due to play Cape Verde in November. The players have asked for adequate preparations and friendlies. Yet the federation is already claiming that they don’t have the money to finance the team for the clash, saying that the government should be funding the squad for international assignments as per the Sports Act. It is therefore likely that Harambee stars will face a strong Cape Verde said without having played any friendlies and likely after training together for only 3 days.
Most observers understand that the primary reason for Kenya’s poor performances is due to a lack of high calibre players. Without structured youth development, Kenya will not produce the calibre of players that is needed to be competitive and regularly qualify for the Africa nations cup.
Current FKF Vice Chairman Robert Asembo was once asked in a TV interview why his team has not made any attempts towards youth development. He was flat out dismissive of the idea and said it was not a priority. One would have assume that Nyamweya has the same thought process. Yet these are the people now vying for office.
One of Nyamweya’s first actions when he was elected in 2011 was to destroy the Safaricom Sakata ball tournament. Yet it is through such grassroots tournaments that latent talents are discovered.
Despite destroying the aspirations of fans and players, it is likely that Nyamweya will emerge victorious in the election. This is because many of the voters are only driven by self interest.
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Twenty six years after the passing of Franco Luambo Makiadi, a statue has been unveiled in his honour. Franco who is considered the greatest musician Africa has ever produced, passed away in 1989, ending a career that lasted over 30 years.
The statue was inaugurated by Congolese Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo.The bronze statue is 2.97 metres in height and weighs 400 kilograms. It stands in the heart of Matonge district in the commune of Kalamu in Kinshasa. Matonge disctrict is known as the heartbeat of the Congolese music scene.
Some prominent Congolese musicians present at the ceremony praised the work. But they want other greats of Congolese music are honored in the same way.
“We thank the Head of State for this gesture how much capital for us. We hope that this kind of event extends also to other artists like Kalle Jeff who was one of the tenors Fiesta style, “said the president of the Association of Congolese musicians Kiamwangana Mateta Verkys who at one point in the 1970s was a prominent member of Franco’s band TPOK Jazz.
Several members of the government were present at the inauguration of the statue of Luambo Makiadi. During the event, the Ok Jazz Group that Luambo founded and led for a long time, played a few songs. The band has recently been revived by Franco’s son and plays at the Une Deux Trois nightclub that Franco played at during his heyday.
On his Twitter account, the Prime Minister praised the work of Franco, “a symbol of rumba music.”
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Kenya’s dominance of IAAF Gold Label Road Races continued on Saturday October 17 2015. Bernard Kipyego and Joyce Chepkrui won the men and women’s races at the 2015 Amsterdam Marathon.
Despite battling persistent drizzling rain, temperatures below 10C and a high humidity, the duo recorded the sixth-fastest times in the history of the race; Kipyego winning in 2:06:19 and Chepkirui crossing the line in 2:24:11.
Kipyego took the lead at the 30km mark after the pacemakers dropped out. Ezekiel Chebii, Mike Kigen and Chala Dechasa tried to chase but Kipyego proved too strong. Chebii finished second in 2:07:18, lowering his PB by almost two minutes. Kigen was third in 2:07:45, completing a Kenyan sweep of the podium places. Dechasa finished fourth in 2:08:25
Kipyego 29, was the defending champion having won the 2014 edition. 2014 was the first time Kipyego had won a major city marathon. Prior to that, he had represented Kenya at the world cross country championships as a junior in 2005 and as a senior in 2007 and 2008, finishing 2nd, 3rd and 10th respectively. In 2009, he finished 5th at the world championships 10,000m and 2nd in the world half marathon championships. He appears to have found his niche as a marathoner.
In her 5th marathon, Joyce Chepkirui, sliced nearly 4 minutes off her personal best when she won in 2:24:11. She took the lead from Philomena Cheyech at the 28 km mark and ran solo for the rest of the race.
Chepkiriui had failed to finish on her marathon debut in London in 2012. She then finished 15th in LOndon in 2013. She won in Honolulu last year in 2:30:23 and then placed 10th in Boston in 2015.
On the track, she won the gold medal in the 10,000m a the 2014 Commonwealth games and also won the long race at the 2012 African cross country championships.
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