Despite having unfinished business at Gor Mahia, chairman Ambrose Rachier has declared his candidacy for the Chairmanship of Football Kenya limited. He was endorsed by club chairmen of the Kenya Premier league. Should he win, be will be following in the footsteps of legendary Gor Mahia chairman and patron Joab Omino who in 1990 was elected KFF chairman while still Gor Mahia chairman.
Rachier said the KPL had realized none of the candidates who have presented themselves have the capacity to take Kenyan football an inch further and hence picked him as their candidate.
He will be running against incompetent incumbent Mohammed Hatimy, the all political Sam Nyamweya as well as fan favorite Hussein Terry. Former Gor Mahia winger William Obwaka earlier declared his candidacy but now appears to have lost interest. Other former Gor Mahia players, Eric Obura and Dan Shikanda are also gunning for posts. Perhaps the most intriguing candidate is an outsider the lovely Elizabeth Shako.
The move by KPL and Rachier appears ill-advised.One of the issues raised by Rachier as a reason for running is the lack of financial transparency. But Rachier has not exactly been transparent during his tenure as club chairman.
Secondly, it would make more sense for KPL to unite behind a candidate who is likely to raise the standards of football and enhance the Kenya premier league. That candidate is non other than Hussein Terry. By splitting the votes, they make it more likely that Nyamweya or Hatimy will win.
These are people who have run football into the ground as is addressed in a separate article. Click here to read the article