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Ex-FKF member Hussein wants former presidential candidates barred from football polls

By Webster Nyandika
Friday, April 3rd, 2020
Former FKF NEC member Hussein Terry when he presented his nomination papers to the Electoral Board in 2015. INSET: Terry with the Africa Cup of Nations trophy in Calabar, Nigeria in 2013. Photo/PD/PHILLIP KAMAKYA

Former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) National Executive Committee (NEC) member representing Coast Hussein Terry wants all former presidential candidates to be barred from taking place in the forth coming football elections.

Terry feels that they have already been tried and tested and that there is nothing new they would offer the country through football leadership.

If his wishes are granted, that will lock out former FKF president Sam Nyamweya who is so far the only former federation boss to have showed interest in the same position.

Current president Nick Mwendwa may be safe because he is entitled to a maximum two terms and he has only served one.

“All former football bosses should be stopped from participating in the elections. They should pave way for others.

There is a new generation of very good leaders who can actually take Kenyan football to the next level,” Terry told People Sport yesterday.

However, going by the Kenyan Constitution, it may be difficult to bar interested candidates on those grounds.

Terry who has also been Harambee Stars Team Manager and recognised Fifa players’ agent, said it is important to restore order in football by following both the Fifa statutes and the Kenya Konstitution.

He argued that there was no way the government could be overlooked by Fifa, because FKF cannot survive without government support and whenever the government gives money, it always want it to be accounted for.

“There is no country in Africa that can survive without government support. Every time FKF is faced with lack of players’ allowances for the national team they always rush to the government and not Fifa and the government will always demand accountability,” he said.

He added: “So we have to get our acts right. We have to listen at what the government is saying and at the same time lend another ear to Fifa. They are equal partners in Kenya’s football.”

Terry urged Kenyans not to fear a Fifa ban, if it is the only way of instilling sanity in the sport. 

“Even Senegal was banned for two years in early 90s and when they came back they had proper  youth structures like academies that saw them become African giants, by winning continental events and even qualifying for the Fifa World Cup competitions.

They also exported their players to all the major leagues across the world,” Terry said.