Merger meant to milk bad situation—Said
By Robin Toskin
The merger between Hussein Mohamed and Sammy Sholei ahead of the August 13 football elections has elicited sharply divided opinions.
An official of Seniors FC of Nairobi, Tom Mogusu, insists it is the right thing as time had come to try new hands, but North Eastern’s Football Kenya Ltd deputy secretary Dahir Said said it is "the usual script of people coming at the right time to take advantage of a bad situation."
Former Kenya Breweries player Peter Odera argues there is no need of alliances for it is not political elections intended to block certain persons.
"I think the move is not sincere. Sholei is a good man, but he has abandoned the people he suffered with. What we are seeing is people with money coming together and excluding those who were impoverished by the run down game," Odera said.
Said, also Red Eagles FC of Garissa secretary said, they have seen them all and, "It is a sad joke and we cannot entrust our football to two novices who sprung from nowhere. Where were they when our football was being messed?"
"Peter Kenneth came and went, Maina Kariuki came and went and many others all with the promise of bringing corporate sponsors. The common thread with their background is that they have never managed even a village team. They don’t share the pain we go through trying to put together teams in the hope that it will provide a window for talented kids," Said told FeverPitch.
But Mogusu holds the view that the management of the game needs a serious shake-up.
"We are fed up with the old way of doing business. And yes, who said a novice cannot bring change? Hussein and Sholei’s decision to merge is good and I believe only through trying that we can achieve what we have been looking for. Hussein is talking about constitutional change, which has been ignored manipulated or is not strong enough to facilitate change.
"So I think the two guys will bring about professionalism and management that is in tandem with global commercial trends and aspects of the game," Mogusu said.
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