Nick Mwendwa elected new FKF President
Nick Mwendwa has become the new President of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) after emerging victorious in the body’s election on Wednesday afternoon in Nairobi.
The youthful IT specialist polled 50 votes against 27 from his closest challenger Ambrose Rachier during the federation’s Special General Meeting at at the Safaricom Indoor Arena.
Mwendwa, 37, now succeeds Sam Nyamweya for a four-year tenure. The outgoing president had bowed out of the race just hours to the voting exercise saying “time has come for him to serve the country in other capacities.”
The new president is also the chairman of second tier league club Kariobangi Sharks FC.
An elated Mwendwa said: “I had said for long that we would win and we did it today. We now have a new federation and our aim is to begin with youth football, get the national team to prepare adequately for the next game and also change people’s attitude for the game.
Rachier conceded defeat but lamented alleged bribery of delegates.
“With the level of poverty in this country, it is hard for a delegate to turn down a Sh150,000 bribe. Some of my delegates asked me to let them go eat the money and come back and it seemed they never came back. I do not have proof but I have word that it happened. Now I’ll work with the new chairman,” Rachier said.
Mwendwa is known to have a deep understanding of football matters and is recognised as one of the people to have openly differed with and taken on Sam Nyamweya on football matters with some success.