Mwendwa re-election marks wrong turn for Kenyan football – Adagala

The administrator ran for an elective position but lost and has not hidden his displeasure over the results of the exercise

Muhoroni Youth and Chemelil Sugar chairman Moses Adagala has claimed Nick Mwendwa’s re-election as the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president marks a wrong turn for the football fraternity.

Adagala, who lost out on the Kisumu chairman’s position to Dickson Oruko, claimed Mwendwa – who was re-elected by a landslide on Saturday – is set to ruin football during his next term in office.

“It marks another wrong turn for our football,” Adagala said in a Facebook post.

“The activity that is meant to navigate us out of the woods is instead leading us into the deeps of the Amazon. The beautiful game will be handed over to the undertakers for final rituals. We will only be left with memories of the once beautiful game.

“The activity [election process] was a caucus of friends who will be endorsing one of their own. What is purported as an election does not meet the criteria to be called an election.

“People who have used the federation to trade for their own benefits are sitting to sanitise a rotten regime for another term.

“As an investor who has invested heavily in football, I wish to express my disappointment with the activity. The truth will be out soon.”

Adagala is a known critic of Mwendwa and has made public his dissatisfaction with the FKF office, especially how it managed the transition of the Premier League management.

Meanwhile, former Gor Mahia treasurer Sally Bolo has conceded defeat after she lost out on the FKF National Executive Women Representative position to Margaret Omondi.

“For everything, there is a time; a time for politics and a time for work. What is done is done and I offer my congratulations to the winners of FKF elections,” Bolo wrote on her Facebook page.

“As a losing candidate in the race to represent women in the national office, it is time to rally behind [Margaret] Omondi and offer utmost support so that the hard-working women in the game are better served.”

The football administrator believes the new office bearer has the capacity to champion matters related to women’s football.

“Women deserve better and with Margaret as our representative, I believe we are destined for better,” she added.

“In the meantime, my passion for this beautiful game is not based on fleeting emotions, rather it is ingrained in who I am and I will continue to seek positions where I can serve and add value to football in Kenya and beyond.

“This did not go in my favour, but the beauty of the race is in falling down and getting up over and over again. I live to fight another day.”

The FKF managed to hold its elections after the previous two attempts were halted by the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT).

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