Mwendwa Has Excelled As FKF President By Involving Stakeholders, Says Akali

Mwendwa Has Excelled As FKF President By Involving Stakeholders, Says Akali 1

Nick Mwendwa’s success story in running football can be traced to a well-structured program by which he involves stakeholders in the decision-making process, a branch official has said.

Football Kenya Federation Western Branch chairman Moses Akali says that Mwendwa has all along been arranging frequent meetings with branch officials countrywide who are all encouraged to weigh in with their thoughts, feelings, and ideas concerning a wide range of pertinent issues before far-reaching decisions are made.

“Every now and then, the president calls us for consultative meetings either in Nairobi or any other place where we make decisions together and learn from each other,” said Moses Akali.

He commended the current leadership for giving branch officials a free hand to run business in a customized way based on the immediate needs of their clients.

“I feel I’ve been given space to execute my capacity in terms of management. The current regime has given a voice to the governors in their branches to properly execute and manage football at the branch level.”

Akali has said that the country has witnessed a drastic improvement in the quality of football exhibited by local players after Mwendwa’s administration took grassroots coaches through professional training to raise their awareness of the game.

“He has given us support in terms of coaching courses. The level of coaching witnessed at the grassroots can be attributed to the kind of programs Mwendwa has put in place.”

Football Kenya Federation has in the past four years trained over 2800 coaches in the Basic/Advanced (CAF D License) Level and a further 400 coaches in the CAF C Level.

The courses, which are offered free of charge across all the 20 FKF Branches, have also served to empower grassroots coaches, helping them to bridge an education gap that had earlier denied them job opportunities both at home and abroad.

Akali adds that there is now more organized in terms of the prerequisite knowledge and information trickling down from the national office, unlike in the past whereby ad hoc arrangements created loopholes for nondescript individuals to come in as instructors.

“There is a more structured way of doing things and depending on the need, we can now request the national office to give us instructors who come with a lot of objectivity.”

Akali said that proper structures established by the federation to train match officials had made it impossible for favoritism to rear its head in the process of assigning duties.

“The way we are training our referee is very professional. We now have qualified referees unlike in the past whereby referees were assigned duties based on other factors such as friendship, said Akali.”

The Federation has already trained 3000 referees through professional courses and well structured Physical Endurance Tests (PET) programs which are all offered for free.

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