Give dialogue a chance


Published on 25/01/2009

I am worried by Football Kenya Limited (FKL) officials’ reluctance to meet their Kenya Football Federation (KFF) counterparts who have offered them an olive branch.

Should they maintain this hardline stance, we should not expect anything good to come out of Kenyan football. I wish the two sets of officials could emulate President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga who resorted to dialogue after the 2007 disputed General Elections results to save the country from bloodshed.

If the two leaders took the bold move because they understood that Kenya was bigger than their personal ambitions, why is it difficult for FKL officials to sacrifice their personal ambitions and solve their differences amicably with a view to developing Kenyan football together?

I wish FKL could understand that football administration is a collective responsibility and each faction needs the other in achieving their objectives.

Conflicts

If FKL is for the good of football as it purports, it should attend the all-inclusive talks and work towards ending the conflicts that are threatening to tear our football apart.

As things stand, players will be the losers as opposed to officials who have other means of putting bread on the table for their families.

The factions should stop issuing statements that will worsen the already volatile situation. They should know that Kenyans cannot be taken for a ride. I am sure Kenyans have now made their own judgement about those responsible for the seemingly unending wrangles.

All football stakeholders should come out before things fall apart. They should strive to sort out the mess that has tainted our image and diffuse the tension that is increasingly building up.

I urge KFF officials to continue giving dialogue a chance for its never too late.

Let them not engage in any activities that may be seen to undermine FKL or Sports Minister’s efforts to bring peace.

— Collins Okinyo, Kisumu

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