Suspended Football Kenya Federation (FKF) vice chairman Mr Sammy Sholei has rebuffed the claims by one of the federation’s officials appearing in the media that they have engineered much success in the Kenyan football scene since ascending to office.
Sholei, in a correspondence sent to the media, also insisted that despite the suspension he is still the federation’s vice chairman until a verdict is passed on him, contrary to reports he termed ‘open expression of greed for power’
He challenged those targeting his elected position to follow the right channel of ascension.
- The media reports are very wrong; I am still the elected Vice Chairman of the Football Kenya Federation, the suspension I am serving awaiting my verdict does not expel me from the position, this is an open expression of greed for power from a few individuals.
- I remain the vice chairman and the next Chairman of Football Kenya Federation. If anyone must take my position then I have to be given all good reasons to vacate the office.
The former Kenyan international also took a dim view of the recent handling of the Kenya U20 national team that is in Egypt for an African Youth Championship qualifier, questioning the rationale behind allowing 12 officials to travel to Egypt.
- No youth structures have been initiated even after FIFA sent in money for the projects while officials are enjoying all rides outside the country, case scenario: 12 officials aboard an airline to Egypt with U20 team...honestly, are players less important than joy riding officials? It really hurts that what I went through when playing for Harambee Stars is exactly what our kids are going through under the same managers today.
Referees and coaches issue
- Then someone is happy doing PR that one of our own has been short listed to FIFA refereeing. The appointment is the work of FKL and not FKF, the recent coaches Certification was also the work of Patrick Naggi and FKL, let us stop stealing even the simplest credits achieved by others, the statement read.