Hatimy, too, should resign from KFF

Published on 02/03/2009

While we applaud Sam Nyamweya’s resignation as Kenya Football Federation (KFF) chairman last week, it is time Kenyans critically examined the causes of Kenyan football crisis.

Kenyan football would have developed greatly were it not for the persistent wrangles. Whereas Nyamweya’s KFF claimed legitimacy in football management, Mohamed Hatimy’s Football Kenya Limited (FKL) boasted of Fifa recognition.

But the question is, canFootball Kenya Limited manage local football sucessfully? Can it salvage the game whose standards have deteriorated?

Looking at the recent hiring and firing of Harambee Stars coaches and even selection of the national team, I think we are not out of the woods yet until FKL chairman Hatimy also resigns.

One wonders if we were under pressure to hire a foreign coach for Harambee Stars when local coaches have shown that they can produce results. Replacing Francis Kimanzi with John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla and finally bringing in Antoine Hey whose previous record is not any better was an insult.

Shown the door

But what is more worrying is that FKL has now turned their sword on players. Any player who speaks or agitates the players’ rights is shown the door! Some top FKL officials have now usurped the coach’s powers.

The team announced last week by FKL technical director Patrick Naggi was a sham.

After Harambee Stars braved chilly nights in Cairo, without proper sports outfits and even playing well, against the Pharaohs, did FKL expect no player to complain?

As soon as the players jetted back from Egypt, FKL warned them against incitement and promised that those found guilty would face dire consequences.

It is not surprising that Zablon Amanaka, the second best defender Kenya has ever had after Musa Otieno, has been left out of the team. Being the acting captain in the Cairo trip, it was his duty to agitate the players’ rights.

FKL officials have shown that they cannot tolerate criticism and are insensitive to the feelings of football fans. We can no longer stand to watch a national team managed like a high school team.

I believe Hatimy should resign if he is patriotic, and pave way for a neutral person.

— Erick Odek, Homa Bay

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