Albert Wesonga, the manager of the AFC Leopards team, praised Ababu Namwamba, the cabinet secretary for youth affairs, sports, and the arts, for restoring FKF to office and noted that “it’s a start in the right way.”
Wesonga’s remarks came just a few days after Namwamba met with FKF officials, led by the organization’s president Nick Mwendwa, in an effort to find common ground for the removal of the football sanctions imposed on Kenya by Fifa.
The previous CEO of Nakumatt FC agreed that the decision will give athletes all throughout the nation renewed optimism.
“I can say that the Sports CS’s announcement to reinstate the FKF office is something for the entire family of football stakeholders to be thrilled about, not just me.
It is a statement of expectation and hope for our players, who have been severely impacted by Fifa’s ban, added Wesonga.
Wesonga noted that since Fifa sanctioned Kenya in February of this year due to government intervention, Kenyan fans have also missed out on a lot of local football.
Supporters, like coaches and players, will thus wait for the precise date when the league will return in order to align ourselves with what is ahead. “When Kenyan fans synchronize this in their minds, it makes them pleased and full of belonging (that their football is on its way back),” he stated.
The clubs had decided not to play in the unofficial league, which had left the FKF-PL in a precarious situation.