Kenya: Clubs Get Short End of the Stick

Last Wednesday, I woke up to a hilarious article by Charles Nyende. It was all about the raging debate on the formation of a European Super League which attracted a huge backlash and sparked demonstrations by fans. The piece may look simple and cheeky, to say the least, but the depth of it was quite unsettling and truthful.

While in Europe, football fans are against the formation of a Super League because it is fronted by the greedy club owners seeking even greater profits, what Nyende said about Kenya was totally progressive, and constructive criticism on the incompetence that has bedeviled us for a long time now.

As a country, we know the shortfalls in our football too well. We have trudged on this path for years.

In 2008, Football Kenya Limited was formed and the world governing body, Fifa, in a baffling manner, immediately recognised the new federation which took over control of Kenyan football from Kenya Football Federation (KFF).

KFF was not going to take it lying down, and they even sued Fifa for failing to recognise it and extending its (Fifa’s) support to a limited liability company. KFF also appealed to the Court for Arbitration of Sports (CAS) for a proper ruling.

On April 27, 2010, CAS dismissed the KFF’s appeal and asked Fifa to continue recognising FKL as the governing body of Kenyan football. During this “show of might” and incessant wars between some individuals in these two inept associations, Kenyan football was at its lowest ebb.