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Strathmore University Website, August 1, 2011 - When SU hosted football debate
The University on Friday 29th July 2011 hosted in the auditorium a forum attended by four contenders for the post of the Chairman of Kenya Football Association (KFA), the body that will run football in Kenya after the August 13 elections . The aspirants fielded questions from football stakeholders.
The aspirants in attendance were current chairman of KFF Mr Sam Nyamweya, his senior vice-chairman Mr Twaha Mbarak, Mr Hussein Mohammed of Extreme Sports, Gor Mahia Chairman Mr Ambrose Rachier and Ms Elizabeth Shako. The latter wants to head the women affairs section of KFA.
The forum was meant to interrogate the candidate’s policies, their manifestos, and introduce them to the football public they are looking forward to serve. The event was organised in collaboration with Movement for Political Accountability (MOPA), Africa Center for Open Governance (AfriCOG), USAID, Bunge la Mwananchi and Independent Electoral Board (IEB).
The forum was the first of its kind in Kenya. Each candidate was given 10 minutes to explain his agenda and what they think ails local football. They later answered questions from the audience where they were taken to task over their plans.
Among the stakeholders who attended the event included former Kenya internationals Bobby Ogolla, Mickey “T9” Weche, Bob Oyugi, Bobby Ogolla, Josphat “controller” Murila, Dan Shikanda and Joe Kadenge.
Giving the welcoming remarks, Mr Isaac Mwangi, the University’s Sports Administrator said that there is need to streamline football management in the country and the University is ready facilitate the process. He said that is one of the reasons it hosted the event.
In late April, the University hosted a sports governance workshop. The football forum was a follow up to that event, Mr Mwangi said.
In his remarks, the Dean of Students Mr Paul Ochieng’ under whose docket sports fall in the University welcomed the football stakeholders and asked them to be part of history that is will change the direction of football leadership in the country.
After the elections, the two bodies that are fighting to run football in Kenya will be dissolved and KFA will take over.