I’ll Fix Kenyan Football, Says Musonye As He Announces Bid For FKF President

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Nicholas Musonye has finally put speculation to rest after making public his intentions to vie for Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president on Friday.

The veteran football administrator returns to the scene exactly six months today after he stepped down as the Council of East and Central Africa (Cecafa) secretary-general, a position he held for 20 years.

Musonye attributes his decision to join the fray to overwhelming persuasions by people he refers to as “football-loving Kenyans” whom he said strongly believed in his ability to pump up a deflating federation.

“My phone has been busy throughout of late with calls from football-loving Kenyans who feel I am the one to pump some life into the dwindling standards of football in Kenya. I want to state I am going to give it a try; I will go for it,” said Musonye.

Prior to making the move, he had been linked to talks of a possible maiden grand entry into the political arena, with rumors doing rounds that he would take a stab at the Vihiga governor seat.

“My intentions after retiring from Cecafa was to take a rest from football, but when stakeholders come knocking on your door, then it means something is wrong somewhere and needs to be rectified,” he said.

Musonye has promised to incorporate all stakeholders, including ex-players, branch officials, tacticians, and the youth in his future plans if he ultimately succeeds to unseat Nick Mwendwa and become the next president.

“The call to contest for the position came from stakeholders whom I will not let down. Once elected, my motivation and desire are to restore hope in our country’s football. I will work with the government to strengthen the sport,” he said.

He dismissed speculations that he was a government project as malicious propaganda being peddled by his jittery rivals who had sensed defeat.

“It’s not true that I am a government project. I have been proposed by stakeholders and I have simply taken the offer. They are the ones with the votes, so let them decide.”

Musonye rained blows on the existing leadership, accusing it of falling short of good governance and failing to make proper use of funds meant for grassroots football development.

“We have had some issues surrounding football governance and especially questions revolving around money. Once in office, the funds that we will receive either from the government or the world governing body, Fifa, will be put to good use. My focus will be on youth development and good governance,” he said.

This will be the third time since December that FKF will be holding its elections after the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) nullified two previous polls on illegality.

A couple of months ago, a dozen ex-players made a surprise announcement when they said they would back Musonye’s bid to oust Mwendwa as FKF president. These included former Harambee Stars and Gor Mahia captain Austin Oduor, Josephat Murila, Wycliffe Anyangu, Tony Lidonde, Peter Lichungu, and Ambrose Ayoyi.

He has also received support from a section of local coaches, among them Alfred Imonje who previously guided Kenyan Premier League (KPL) sides AFC Leopards, Kakamega Homeboyz, and Chemelil.

The other aspirants for the FKF President’s top post are incumbent Nick Mwendwa, former FKF President Sam Nyamweya, former AFC Leopards chairman Alex ole Magelo, Gor Mahia Secretary General Lordvick Aduda, and businessman Steve Mburu.

Nyamweya descended into Musonye with a heavy blow on Saturday after he took to his twitter account, where he castigated him for running down Cecafa.

“I have been watching my friend, Nicholas Musonye, who brought to its knees the largest and oldest East African Football institution (CECAFA), claim he’s been sent by stakeholders to help steer Kenyan football. No stakeholder in his/her right mind would seek redemption from an international failure,” said Nyamweya.

As Cecafa secretary-general, Musonye presided over the activities of 12-member associations which include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti, and Eritrea.

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