Last updated 1 month ago | By Odero Charles
Former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Deputy General Secretary/CEO Herbert Mwachiro has entered the race for the FKF Presidency to unseat incumbent Nick Mwendwa.
The FKF elections are slowly gathering pace with Mwachiro joining more aspirants who have already announced their intentions to run for the top seat.
Apart from Mwachiro, others are immediate former Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye, former Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga, and former FKF boss Sam Nyamweya.
Mwachiro said his decision had been informed by the desire to transform the football industry.
‘’I declare my candidature for the post of Football Kenya Federation president ahead of the upcoming polls,’’ Mwachiro said in a press statement sent to the newsroom.
‘’My decision to run for the top football seat in the country is informed by the desire to transform the football industry to a sustainable sector that will put Kenya where it deserves to be on the continental and global football map.
‘’While meaningful progress has been made under different administrations over the past decade, the main stakeholders of the game who are players continue to suffer and struggle to make ends meet.’’
Mwachiro also said the game is not well packaged to attract sponsors, stating that if elected, he will create confidence in sponsors and they will be part of ensuring players make a meaningful living from football.
‘’The game is not well packaged thus the need to bring in the much-needed professionalism through my marketing background and vast experience in the corporate world. We need to package our game in a way that will make it attractive to partners and ensure our players make a meaningful living from football,’’ read the statement.
‘’My focus will not only be on all tiers of club football but also on youth, grassroots and women football. This vision will be achieved through commercial partnerships and partnership with the government that will ensure the smallest units (wards, constituencies and counties) contribute to football development.’’
Mwachiro also promised that he will make Kenya a regular participant at Africa's elite competitions.
‘’Kenya deserves to be a regular competitor at the Africa Cup of Nations because we have talent in abundance in all corners of this country. My team will partner with all relevant football stakeholders to build strong leagues and solid structures that Kenyan football badly needs to move to the next level,’’ he added.
‘’It’s high time football makes headlines for the right reasons. When football succeeds, sports succeeds. Once elections are called, I will unveil my team. I hereby invite like-minded individuals to back my team as we begin this journey to transform Kenyan football.’’