Kariobangi sharks founder/ Chairman Nick Mwendwa was yesterday elected president of the football Kenya federation after garnering 50 votes ahead of his top competitor, Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier who garnered 27 votes of the 77 votes cast , during the federation’s national election held at the Safaricom Indoor Arena, Kasarani.
“I had said for long that we would win this and we did it today. We now have a new federation and the aim is to begin with youth football, get the national team to prepare adequately for the next game and also change the people’s attitude on the game.”
The 37 year old IT guru, had previously maintained during his campaign period that he has what it takes to “bring back the game and get Kenya playing again” and went out to roll out a three pillar manifesto to back his claims.
SAM NYAMWEYA PULLS OUT OF RACE
Outgoing chairman Sam Nyamweya, surprisingly pulled out of the race moments before voting started, on grounds that he had decided to focus on family business. His name remained on the ballot paper, where he got zero votes alongside Sammy Aina, Gor Semelang’o and Sammy Sholei.
Nick Mwendwa’s running mate, Doris Petra, garnered 36 votes to trounce Andrew Amukowa (21 votes) and Dan Shikanda (13votes).
AMBROSE RACHIER CONCEDES DEFEAT
Rachier conceded defeat and promised to work with the new president. He however cited issues of bribery of delegates.
“I must accept the results. It was a clean and transparent exercise here on the floor but what I can complain about is the bribery of delegates,” said Rachier.
“The board has done a great job on the day, but there was a lot that happened on the eve of the elections,”
“A lot of money changed hands on the eve of the elections, with some delegates being handed more than Sh150, 000 each,” he said.
Kenyans, who couldn’t wait for Nyamweya’s exit, seem to be happy with the wave of change and are hopeful that Nick Mwendwa and his “team change” will bring the much awaited revolution of the county’s ailing football.
FERDINAND OMONDI : Nick Mwendwa was totally ahead of the pack even in his thoughts and how he argued his case. Good luck to him. #FKFElections
The Mutai®: Remember #NyamweyaMustGo? Hehe Finally a sigh of relief. Let us see what the new man will do. Vijana tumegutuka @mboyacliff #FKFElections
Dennis Itumbi: Congratulations once again @Nmwendwa – may your 8 year plan now come to life #FKFElections
Bsp Margaret Wanjiru: Congratulations @Nmwendwa Bring the Glory back to Football. #FKFElections
Over to you Team Change.