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Nyamweya moves with speed to assert authority

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NAIROBI, Kenya, November 1- The process of dissolving rival governing bodies Football Kenya Limited (FKL) and Kenya Football Federation (KFF) will be complete in the next few weeks newly elected soccer boss, Sam Nyamweya has announced.

Speaking after addressing his first National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Tuesday, Nyamweya disclosed Kisumu based lawyer Charles Ouma had been appointed to spearhead the process that will see the constitution of the new association in place in 90 days.

“Fifa has asked us to write the new laws within this period and we are keen to ensure that it happens. As for now we will operate under the name Football Kenya Association (FKA) as we wait to formally be recognised,” the football boss who was swept to office in the unified polls held on Saturday charged.

At the same time, Nyamweya declared that Harambee Stars Management Board (HSMB) would be reconstituted but its chairman and Mumias Sugar CEO, Evans Kidero would be retained.

“We have faith in Kidero but will certainly need to re-examine its membership afresh,” he said.

The board that has been in place for the last three years was put in place by the Sports Minister, Paul Otuoma to assist in getting funding for the national football team that is preparing to face Seychelles in a fortnight in a 2014 World Cup pre-qualifier two-legged knockout tie.

Nyamweya at the same time ordered the referees and coach’s bodies to conduct their elections in the next one month so to create harmony in their respective organisations.

The meeting also resolved that two representatives from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and one from the Nationwide League would sit on the NEC as Nyamweya was given the mandate to the sole spokesperson of the football governing body.

Ludovic Aduda and George Agola were confirmed as the interim CEO and assistant of the new governing body with Patrick Naggi retained as the Technical Director for a period of 90 days.

Seasoned journalist, Robin Toskin, was named as FKA media liaison officer as Nyamweya moved in to take charge of the country’s game after years of feuding between the KFF he led and rival FKL bossed by Mohammed Hatimy who was beaten to third in the football polls.

Toskin is the Sports Editor, Convergence at Standard Group and he occupies the position previously held by veteran scribe, John Kariuki, who opted to step down.

“For now we are one administration and we have all resolved to work together for the good of the clubs who elected us,” Nyamweya expressed.

He is yet to be formally sworn into office with the Interim Electoral Board (IEB) that organised the polls said to be deliberating on how to officially hand over the reigns to the new boss who has wasted little time in asserting his authorities.

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