His acts made SuperSport TV run and that is his biggest sin. SuperSport ran away because FKF forced KPL to have 18 teams and not 16. Economically, it was not possible for KPL to have 18 teams and this is the reason we lost them.”
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) presidential aspirant Sam Nywamweya has blamed the unceremonious exit of SuperSport on Nick Mwendwa’s reckless actions, saying it is he who chased away the South Africa-based broadcaster .
SuperSport called it quits after FKF insisted on adding two teams to the top tier, raising the number to 18 up from 16. A verdict passed by the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) upheld FKF’s decision, thus forcing SuperSport to trash a deal it had penned with the federation to beam KPL matches live.
His Acts Made Them Run Away
“His acts made SuperSport TV run and that is his biggest sin. SuperSport ran away because FKF forced KPL to have 18 teams and not 16. Economically, it was not possible for KPL to have 18 teams and this is the reason we lost them.” Nyamweya said.
Nyamweya further says that the federation failed to deliver on their promise to offer support to local clubs after SuperSport vacated the stage.
“After they had their way, FKF promised to give KPL financial support, in front of the SDT, for having 18 teams in the league. They never did that.
Nyamweya, not done yet, went ahead and bashed Mwendwa for scuttling Kenya’s chances of hosting the 2018 African Nations Championship.
Kenya had won the rights to host tournament but the rights were later withdrawn after Kenya was caught flat-footed.
“Failure to host Chan is another biggest failure. Despite stating there were pitches ready for the tournament, that was not the case eventually as it emerged,” added the former president.
Mwendwa’s Integrity Questioned
He also raised concern about integrity issues surrounding the current office, citing the questionable use of KSh244M that the government allocated the federation to facilitate preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
“Lack of accountability and transparency on government, Fifa and Caf funds is another big issue with the current FKF. If you get such a huge amount of money and you are not accountable, that becomes a big problem,” said Nyamweya.
He said that although Mwendwa enjoyed more financial support compared to him, there was little to show for it.
“Caf has been sending money but unfortunately the same cannot be accounted for. During my time, we only got USD 250,000 per year and the government financial support was meagre, to say the least.
“I can remember before our game against Cape Verde [a World Cup qualifier in 2015], we got money from the government on Friday when the team was to travel on Saturday. How would you purchase air tickets and prepare in such circumstances?
“Recently, the government gave the federation KSh244 million something that was never enjoyed during the previous administrations.
“We worked hard despite the challenges and ensured no player owed us any of their allowances.”