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Lesson: Disregard 'Ingwe', 'K'Ogalo' at your own peril

Lesson: Disregard 'Ingwe', 'K'Ogalo' at your own peril

Gor Mahia's Benson Omala (right) vies for the ball with an AS Otoho d’Oyo player during the second leg of their Caf Confederation Cup play-off match on December 5, 2021 at Nyayo National Stadium.

Photo credit: Chris Omollo | Nation Media Group

Let me say this: The government gave Mwendwa money. The government felt that its money was not put to proper use.

The government ordered an audit of FKF books of accounts. Mwendwa vehemently opposed such an audit.
The government having all power over its subjects and organisations operating within its jurisdiction sent the auditors all the same, Mwendwa’s kicking and screaming notwithstanding.

The government disbanded FKF and formed a caretaker committee. Mwendwa got arrested to help police unravel the matter. The rest we leave to the courts.

Meanwhile, Mwendwa also dug his own grave when he decided to fight the two big cubs in Kenya — Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards.

Any mature sports administrator in this country knows that for you to succeed in your mandate you must embrace the two clubs because if you don’t their support base can turn your days into living hell.

But remember the key word I have used here is “mature.” No need to say more.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a paragraph I wrote a few weeks ago as the Nick Mwendwa vs Government of Kenya fight was at its epitome.

It was during this time that Mwendwa’s acolytes accused Gor Mahia,its management and supporters of being behind the woes that faced the then FKF boss.

It was, therefore, with a lot of joy that those of us who stood on the way as Mwendwa tried his best to drag us all to hell in a hand-basket received his resignation.

However, in his usual chest thumping manner, instead of going away in peace, the beleaguered FKF supremo purported to hand over all his official duties to his deputy Doris Petra.

Seems the good man did not understand that FKF as we all know it stands disbanded.

Be that as it may and as I have stated here before, this new development gives the Justice Aaron Ringera led Caretaker Committee the much needed impetus to shore up our diminished football fortunes.

I wish them luck.

Away from the FKF shenanigans, I was consumed with righteous anger when I read the monkey business our opponents in the Caf Confederation Cup AS Otoho d’Oyo of Congo Brazzaville subjected our players to when we went there visiting for the first leg match.

In the mind boggling and diabolical scheme, two of our ace players Jules Ulimwengu and John Ochieng’ allegedly tested positive for Covid-19 leading to their quarantine and hence missing the match.

Far be it removed from me to insist that Gor Mahia players cannot test positive for the virus. As our Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe famously told us: You can gerrit, I can gerrit, we can all gerrit.”

However, some things do not add up in what happened to us in Brazzaville.

First, as our key purveyor of all information Gor Mahia, Tony Anelka, told us, the test was conducted for the players and the technical bench.

After this, the results were shared by the tested but the ones for Ochieng’ and Ulimwengu were not released.

It was much later that a document “purported” to be results were shared with them, and according to those who were in Congo, the document was clearly different from the authentic results.

It was on the basis of this that the two players were locked out of the match.

I am happy that they finally came home and I was looking forward to their performance in yesterday afternoon’s match.