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Open letter to Nyamweya: Quit!

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NYAMWEYA-NOCKNAIROBI, Kenya, August 4- Sam Nyamweya, ‘Uncle Sam’ to some, it’s time for you to leave Kenyan football in the hands of a leader who will not make football the enduring cause of national shame.

Before this is construed as another malicious attack on your ability to manage the most popular sport in the country, there comes a time for everyone to leave the stage.

Lest we forget, it was under your stewardship as the Secretary General of the defunct Kenya Football Federation (KFF) that Kenya drew with Nigeria Super Eagles 1-1 in Kasarani at the 1998 World Cup qualifiers, a period that many remember fondly.

That was over a decade and a half ago and in the intervening period, you have fought to wrest back control of the country’s football at a time when KFF and rivals Football Kenya Limited fought to manage the game.

When the normalisation process of football was finally completed in 2011, you were elected into office on a platform of change and even though many had reservations about your leadership, all accepted the results and moved on, expecting a better day.

Soon after taking the helm, you returned to the copy book you used in the first spell in charge and promptly fired Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno as Stars head coach and put in place the popular Francis Kimanzi in charge.

When this move backfired, out went Kimanzi and in came the experienced Frenchman, Henri Michel, who after a brief stint, left in a huff and slapped us with a law suit, all this happening within the first year of your second coming.

Kenya briefly enjoyed a purple patch when homeboy James Nandwa led a largely second string side to the 2012 Cecafa finals and once again, you played the popular card and put him in charge of the senior side that fell to Burundi in the CHAN qualifiers at the turn of 2013.

In February of that year, you went out and brought their former head coach, Adel Amrouche, a Belgian national and under his watch, Kenya made some positive steps at the 2014 World Cup qualifiers before the team won the Cecafa title in December.

Nine months later, Stars are staring at two years outside the international loop after tiny Lesotho, a nation many would struggle to pin point on the global map, held on to complete a 1-0 aggregate win in the second round of the Afcon qualifiers.

Sam, we have sunk so low in the African football pecking order that we have to start qualification at the preliminary stages, yet this was a team that made the 16 finalists only ten years ago for starters.

Once again, you have pressed the ‘sack the coach’ button, absolving yourself from blame by crowing about how much support Football Kenya Federation (FKF) gave Amrouche and the team and they failed.

On the surface, that looks like a bold move, informed by the need to sweep mediocrity clean but have you looked at yourself in the mirror ‘Uncle Sam’?

The buck of Kenyan football stops with you and so does the biggest responsibility for failure. As a keen follower of football, you should be aware that world champions, Germany, have had only ten coaches since 1926 and you are about to go through your sixth since 2011!

Under your watch either side of your tenures, Stars and indeed Kenyan football at large have never known consistency, structure and planning, the three ingredients exemplified by Germany and other football giants.

Shooting from the hip and playing to the gallery will never work in football but you can still redeem yourself by making the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of Kenyan football- quit.

Your place in the modern history of Kenyan football is already assured; don’t soil your legacy by presiding over another disaster by hanging on as the captain of an already sunken ship.

This is not the first neither the last plea yours truly is making to you to step aside but like the first a year ago, it is singing to the birds but history will judge you harshly dear Sam if you continue at the helm

-Views expressed in this article are the authors’ not Capital FM

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