Kenya Namwamba letting Kenyans down on FKF – ‘Ababu is indecisive and weak’ – Alila

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) presidential aspirant Tom Alila has taken issues with the leadership style of Cabinet Secretary for Sports Ababu Namwamba saying he should carry the blame for the current mess bedeviling the game in the country.

Without mincing words, Alila, a former FKF National Executive Committee (NEC) member, called on Namwamba to resign if he was not up to the task of bringing sanity to the game and further urged Kenyan President William Ruto to step in and help stabilise the sinking ship.

Alila especially took issues with Namwamba on his slow decision regarding the elections of FKF which is supposed to be held by the end of this year. Alila said Namwamba had refused to take charge of his docket and execute his job as mandated by going to bed with the current FKF regime hence delaying the process of the eagerly awaited exercise.

“We have a big problem in Kenya, we have an indecisive Minister of Sports, things are not even working the way they should, the way you see even this FKF elections, Minister Ababu (Namwamba) needs to be decisive and make a tough stand, he should not be in bed with these people (FKF officials), he needs to once and for all make a strong stand in this issues affecting Kenyan football,” said Allila.

“It is a shame, he needs to come out because he is one of the biggest sponsors in football, the government puts a lot of money into sports, especially in football, but he is indecisive, he cannot make tangible decisions, he is rotating, playing trade mill politics on matters football, jogging on the same spot, it is a shame, I think President William (Ruto) now needs to come in and sort out the mess once and for all.”

A tough-talking Alila continued: “It is becoming a shame, the term of Nick Mwendwa’s office is already up and we ought to be preparing for elections now, but Namwamba is silent on the matter and taking no action or giving direction about it, the Minister must pull up his socks, he should become a leader, he should take charge once and for all, so everyone can feel we have a Minister for Sports.

“Ababu should stop going for these low-hanging fruits, we have problems in all these federations, we have problems in volleyball, we have problems in athletics, everywhere where there is a problem just because we have a substantive minister of sports, he is letting Kenyans down in this football matter.”

Alila did not stop there further saying with Namwamba still in charge of the sports docket, Kenya will lose the rights to co-host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals. “We are talking and doing nothing, AFCON is a big tournament coming for the first time to the East African region and especially Kenya but they are just talking and doing nothing, the Minister is just talking, Tanzania and Uganda have already led the way and constructed venues, but in Kenya, they are just talking, they have nothing to show for and time is running out,” explained Alila.

He concluded: “Ababu is the biggest impediment to sports in this country, he is not listening to federations to chart the way forward, he is the biggest problem, he is letting down his people, he needs to take up his job, the government came up with the bottom-up approach, to nurture talent, but we don’t have a plan, it is all noise, I don’t know what he (Namwamba) stands for.”


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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