As he did in 2011, Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has once again announced his candidacy to become chairman of the FKF. He joins former Kenya International Sammy Shollei, Kariobangi Sharks chair Nick Mwendwa, well heeled upstart Gor Semelango and Tom Alila.
Rachier who is the KPL chairThe KPL chairman said his candidature is meant to end the many recurring negatives in local football. “For over a decade, we have wasted far too much time and energy on internal wrangles. Now we can together invest that time and energy on the real issues in Kenyan football,”
Rachier called for a transparent process to ensure credible elections. “I am happy that finally, the electoral board has been inaugurated. We want them to take charge of the process to ensure that it is not controlled by of the candidates,” he urged. He also called on vetting to be carried out from the county level so as to weed out fake clubs, or clubs that are formed for the sole purpose of elections.
Rachier has done an excellent job since he took over as club chairman in 2008. He took over at a time when the club was thoroughly mismanaged and constantly battling relegation. It is for this reason that many Gor Mahia fans think he is deserving of the FKF chairmanship. He ran on a similar platform in 2011. In that election he polled 333 votes, finishing way behind Nyamweya who garnered 1461 votes, Mohamed Hussein who garnered 1198 votes and Mohamed Hatimy who had 734 votes. Some fans blamed pre-reform candidates for not uniting behind one candidate.