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FKF suspends Trans Nzoia Falcons officials after sexual harrasment claim, postpones games

Football Kenya Federation (FKF)  has with immediate effect suspended league matches of women’s side Trans Nzoia Falcons FC amid reports of a fallout between players, the technical bench, and management.

The decision was arrived at after a meeting between the aforementioned stakeholders and Trans Nzoia county government officials at the Kitale showground.

This follows an incident where a number of players were thrown out of the team’s residential camp at the weekend.

The incident was captured in a video that went viral on social media.

Assistant Secretary General Noah Wakoli had, in an interview with Nairobi News, blamed the players for disrespect. He accused them of abusing club officials.

Margaret Odhiambo, FKF’s National Executive Committe (NEC) member and Women Representative announced the team will not feature in the league for the next month.

The federation will appoint an interim committee to manage the team, Odhiambo said.

“We’ve talked to the players and we now know the root cause of the problem. It’s therefore been decided we suspend all their league matches for a month and form an interim committee to be in charge,” said Odhiambo.

Falcons captain Martha Karani made a shocking revelation that some of the officials have been making sexual advances at the players and those in the camp have been sleeping hungry as officials care less about their welfare. She claimed the situation is so dire that sometimes they lack money for buying sanitary pads.

“We’ve been going through a lot just because we have talent. Some of us don’t have contracts and if you raise this issue then you go into the bad books of the officials. If you also refuse the sexual advances of the officials, then your goose is cooked,” said Karimi.

During the meeting, the players named two officials whom they claimed had been soliciting sex from them and resort to intimidating and harassing them when they decline the advances.

However, club chairman Moses Ngeywa defended the officials saying they have been discharging their duties well despite the meagre resources at their disposal.

“I was the founder of this team in 2017 and the only financial assistance since then I have got is Sh40,000. Even the former governor Patrick Khaemba promised the team Sh1 million which he never honoured,

“On the sexual advances, that is not true at all. I’m ready to continue managing this team,” said Ngeywa.

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