NAIROBI, Kenya, October 7 – Football Kenya Limited (FKL) has come out guns blazing over concerns raised by the government about the accountability of funds they receive.FKL first vice chairman Titus Kasuve defended the beleaguered organisation saying that it has always been above board in the way it handles its finances.
“There is no money in football to be stolen as has always been assumed. The income into the National Association is too little to be stolen or misappropriated,” said Kasuve on Wednesday.
Kasuve said that he was unhappy with the attitude adopted by the government who he maintained are their principal partners in the management of Stars.
“There is no one day the Ministry has written to us or called us to discuss the issue of finances. It is high time the Ministry started talking to us, not at us,” said Kasuve.
Kasuve provided the gathered media copies of FKL’s accounts which he claimed were audited and indicate that they have made a total of Sh17 million since the first leg of the Kenya versus Tunisia match
He added that FKL has gone out of its way to meet part of upkeep of the national team at the cost of developing grassroots football which it’s mandated to do.
“The money that comes to us should be used to develop football at the grassroots. Our branches are not running because the brand were are supposed to sell and make money from is consuming that same money,” said an exasperated Kasuve.
Stars trip to Tunisia was delayed by two days as the government had not yet released money to finance the trip.
On Monday, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports released Sh4.5 million for the trip with Sports Minister Professor Hellen Sambili saying that her docket will never abandon the national team.
Kasuve also revealed that the reason why the team departed for Tunisia early was so that they don’t get distracted by the negative publicity generated by their poor form in the qualifiers.
“Kenyans have a negative attitude towards Harambee Stars. The reason why Stars flew out early was that they do not read what you people (media) are going to write this week,” he added.
Kasuve also revealed that negotiations are at an advanced stage for a new sponsor for Harambee Stars for the year 2010-2014 and 2015-2019.
“We are also negotiating on the technical development aspect, where we are looking for funds to be invested in youth Programmes, women activities, technical coaching refereeing and administration,” said Kasuve.