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Nick Mwenda’s FKF frustrated big teams, favored small teams- suspended AFC boss

FOOTBALL By Winfrey Owino | November 15th 2021 | 2 min read

AFC chairman Dan Shikanda was suspended and is in a court battle with the FKF. [File, Standard]

Embattled AFC Leopards chairman, Dan Shikanda has alleged that the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has been favouring small teams at the expense of bigger teams.

Shikanda and the FKF Chairman Nick Mwendwa are in a court battle after the AFC boss moved to court to challenge the federation’s move to ban him.

In an exclusive interview with KTN News on Monday morning, Shikanda revealed that the Federation had in many occasions favoured ‘small teams’ a move that frustrated other teams.

“How do you pick two goalkeepers from the same team, Kariobangi sharks, and who were not even competitive enough. Other teams had better goalkeepers,” he said.

“How will clubs grow without funding? We got the least amount of money. For instance, a team like Western Stima got more money than AFC,” he remarked.

Shikanda told the Morning Express that his team (AFC Leopards) and Gor Mahia had been starved of funding since April 2021 until recently when they received Sh300, 000.

He says that upon inquiry, he was accused of fighting the federation and even got suspended.

“We were suspended for not honouring a match. Our reason for doing so was that we had not been given money by the Federation. The suspension was accompanied by an Sh6 million fine for Gor Mahia and Sh4 million for us,” he added.

Last week, Sports CS suspended all FKF officials, put in place a caretaker committee as a probe into how the funds allocated to the federation is utilized

In a multiagency investigation, the FKF chair was arrested and arraigned in court on Monday.

Meanwhile, some football clubs in the country (Gor Mahia and Poster Rangers) have rallied behind the Sports CS’s move to put in place a caretaker committee to oversee football activities in the country, pledging to support the committee in its mandate.

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