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Cecafa boss Musonye now eyeing FKF Presidency

Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye is fast emerging as a possible challenger to Nick Mwendwa for Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) top job, Nairobi News understands.

Although the next FKF elections are still two and a half years away, already the groundwork is being laid in readiness for the polls.

According to well placed sources, Musonye has the support of several high ranking politicians, especially from Western Kenya, plus a clique of current and past football officials who are in one way or another disgruntled by Mwendwa’s style of leadership.

Those with a soft spot for Musonye include the Kenyan Premier League Limited, who have in the past two elections unsuccessfully fronted Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier for the position.

FALLEN OUT

In a recent BBC interview, Mr Musonye blasted football administrators in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania for “sabotaging” the regional football body.

“I’m in charge of 12 countries, all of them being equal but Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda think they’re more equal than others,” said Musonye. “If they want to kill Cecafa, let them do it, it’s their baby, it’s their organisation.”

That Mwendwa has fallen out with Musonye the worst kept secret.

Still, Mwendwa’s year and a half old tenure has been dogged by challenges such as poor performances by the national football team, and slow preparedness ahead of the 2018 African Nations Championship.