Hatimy supports Raila on stadium

Published on 11/06/2009

By Ernest Ndunda

Football Kenya Limited (FKL) chairman Mohammed Hatimy has supported Prime Minister Raila Odinga on the Nyayo National Stadium saga.

Hatimy said yesterday the three-year sponsorship contract of the stadium by Coca Cola Company needed to be renegotiated.

Last week, Raila said the Coca Cola Company deal was meant to uplift the facility to international standards thus looking at the agreement afresh was paramount.

Hatimy took issue with Sports minister, Helen Sambili, for terminating the contract saying the move had denied Kenya millions of shillings in sponsorship.

On Harambee Stars’ coach Antoine Hey’s payment saga, Hatimy denied allegations by the minister that FKL had frustrated the tactician by failing to pay him.

“We paid Hey $60,000 (Sh4.6 million) and for the minister to say the Government paid the coach Sh5.2 million was wrong,” said Hatimy. He denied they had given out a cheque for a non-existent bank.

“My vice-chairman Titus Kasuve, who is the chairman of the finance committee, will issue a comprehensive statement tomorrow (today) on the matter,” said Hatimy.

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