Saving for the fact of having Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) in place; lovers of football in the country could have passed another election. As custodian of sports dispute in the country, the John Morris Ohaga led tribunal has tried to bring sanity into the sports industry. This has meant that he rough shoulders with many stakeholders in the sports industry. Among those who have had rough times with the tribunal is the current FKF president Nick Mwendwa. Was it not for the tribunal, the FKF president could have been serving his second term in office?
One would however ask, what kind of achievements has Mwendwa done so far? Well, despite what people refer to as his failures, this man has tried his best. He has tried his best to save the federation from a limbo.
Below, we try to look at some of the most positive things that Nick Mwendwa has done for the good of the sport in Kenya.
Women Premier League.
Its undisputed fact that no one ever since been thoughtful of women playing soccer in Kenya than the current FKF president. Its because of him that today we have a women league in Kenya.
Under his hard efforts, in less than four years, Kenya made an appearance at the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON). In 2019, national team Harambee Starlets managed to win for the first time the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.
As his first term is set to end, when the history of women football will be written; we can only say that he has secured his place. The many talented women that play professional soccer in Kenya forms another lot that can’t forget him.
It’s unhidden truth that the majority of youths today don’t know much about Kenya’s history at the continental level. Save for the presence of Nick Mwendwa, the majority of them today can easily gather some rare courage to talk about Africa’s prime tournament.
His efforts would see Harambee Stars play at the continental tournament fifteen years later. Not only soccer fanatics were proud of that achievement but the whole nation. From all quarters and sections of the nation, everyone found a reason to know at least one or two things about Kenyan soccer.
This helped in bringing dozens of fans back to Kenya’s most decorated sport. It made many people start supporting Kenyan football as numbers in stadiums rose each day.
Sponsorship under Mwendwa.
It’s true that Mwendwa assumed office with lots of challenges of sponsorship. To begin with, SuperSport terminated its sponsorship on unclear grounds. They cited interference from the federation as the main issue.
This worsened the situation as many clubs could not foot their bills because there was no reliable source of finance. All of a sudden turned into beggars, asking for aids from one well-wisher to the other. Big clubs such as Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards became the major culprits.
This would however be forgotten when a deal was penned down between the federation and SportPesa. The local bookmaker promised good money to cater for the league. Suddenly, fortunes of the league changed. There was a reliable source of funds for the league and other clubs as well.
It’s on the same note that many clubs would start striking sponsorship deals. Many bookmakers would then start entering the Kenyan market to sponsor various clubs. This made the clubs more self-reliant financially and therefore boosted their general performance.
With the most recent deal between the federation and the Nigeria based bookmaker, BetKing; hopes are very high again. In the yet to be launched deal, Kenya’s Division One League will for the first time get sponsors. That now brings at least four leagues under sponsorship. KPL, SPL, Women Premier League and Division One currently has at least a partner or a sponsor.