Two Kenyan coaches have jumped to Nick Mwenda’s defense even as the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president grapples with accusations of incompetence, mismanagement, and abuse of office.
Speaking to Tony Mballa on Friday night, Charles Omondi, head coach of the National Super League (NSL) side Kenya Police FC, said that Nick had done a great job at the federation since taking over from the defunct Kenya Football Federation (KFF) five years ago.
He said that contrary to how the premier league was running in the past, there was now order in its management.
“Call a spade a spade. There is order in terms of leagues, promotion and relegation. Problems which bedevilled the league some years back are now long gone and buried in the past.”
Omondi said that Mwendwa’s administration had prioritized youth and women football in the country thus taking them to an entirely new level.
“During Nick’s tenure, youth and women have been given priority. You can now see ladies going pro in European countries.”
He said that Kandanda House at Goal Project was now a buzz of activities, a clear indication that there was a lot going on there in terms of developing the game locally.
Omondi pointed out that favoritism in empowering local tacticians had taken a back seat as courses had now been lined up to help coaches turn into professionals with the selection process being carried out in the open without bias.
“Kandanda House, which was deserted and neglected is now operational. Courses that grassroot coaches were paying for courses are now free. The age old tradition witnessed in the past whereby Caf “C” coaching course was being reserved to individuals friendly to federation has died out with time.”
He asked those lashing out at the federation to be realistic and objective in their criticism, adding that Mwendwa had attained a milestone despite having inherited a “a broke office”.
“Those critics are OK but let them be genuine. He has done superb job, despite inheriting a broke office. He has gone out of his way to settle debts of the former regime. Let us give credit where it is due.”
Omondi said that Mwendwa has promised to offset all debts so that those who took charge after him might inherit a smooth running institution.
His sentiments were echoed by a fellow coach, Patrick Kassim Kamau who said that Mwendwa had put feasible structures, policies and operational systems in place during his time in office.
Kamau commended Mwendwa’s efforts in ensuring that national team players never lacked essential equipment and travel arrangements.
“Mundane things like national players’ uniforms ,training kits,travelling tickets and players allowances are no longer major issues.The days of federation boss delivering travelling tickets personally at the airport and allowances being carried in a brief case by team officials are long gone.We are seeing alot of profesionalism in management.”