Voice of Sport

All-round defeats face of squabbling Uganda, Kenya soccer federations

Both neighbours whose current football is played in the courts crushed out of the All Africa Games qualification to Mozambique and Egypt, respectively. In contrast, another Cecafa [Council of Eat and Central Africa Football Associations] nation was doing much better. Burundi won away 1-0 in Congo [Kinshasha) and in the return in Bujumbura on Sunday, the teams tied 1-1 for Burundi to move ahead


KENYA and Uganda, whose national football federations make daily headlines with open law court battles had their teams bundled out of the All Africa Games qualifications on the weekend and continued to underline the pathetic state of the game.

Uganda were eliminated by Mozambique on Saturday while Kenya slumped to a 4-1 aggregate defeat after their effort to reverse a 3-0 thumping in Cairo ended with a feeble attempt and a 1-1 draw in the home leg played at Kenyatta Stadium Machakos on Sunday.

Broadcast

A presence of only 50 people at the stadium in Machakos exhibited the little enthusiasm left for matters handled by the Football Kenya Federation [FKF].

Both domestic premier leagues in Uganda and Kenya are in turmoil. In Uganda, having taken money from broadcast rights holders Azam TV and SuperSport International, the Federation of Uganda Football Association [FUFA] have been hauled in court while the broadcasts have been stopped; while in Kenya, FKF have stopped the Kenyan Premier League [KPL] through a court injunction and staged their own FKF Premier League, currently creaking along with participation by the country’s second tier teams.

Crowds

Despite the KPL suspension by the courts, the league’s friendly games between clubs such as champions Gor Mahia and another giant Ulinzi Stars on Saturday at Nairobi’s City Stadium [drawn 0-0], were attracting crowds as opposed to the total lack of interest in the FKF-PL and even the Sunday international at Machakos.

Postponement of FKF-PL matches, for one reason or another, have been the hallmark of the farcical competition.

A purported West Kenya Sugar v AFC Leopards fixture at Mumias Sports Complex did not take place. AFC Leopards have not registered to play in the competition. Kariobangi Sharks did not honour their match with St Joseph’s claiming they had players involved in the Kenya v Egypt match. Only one Kariobangi player, Hillary Otieno, is in the Kenya squad.

Expelled

The FKF have gone to court seeking to have KPL officials jailed for contempt of court which had ordered some earlier KPL fixtures not to be played. Even earlier, FKF had declared, at a Special General Meeting of memberships, that KPL were not affiliates of their organisation.

However almost the entire Kenya national team for matches in Cairo and Machakos was made up of players from the KPL clubs:

Goalkeepers:

1. Ian Otieno* – (Posta Rangers)

2. Robert Mboya – (Mathare United)

Defenders:

3. Robinson Kamura Njoroge – (Mathare United)

4. Hillary Dan Otieno* – (Kariobangi Sharks)

5. Sosthenes Idah – (KCB)

6. Brian Birgen – (Ulinzi Stars)

7. Tyrus Omondi – (KCB)

8. Vincent Omumbo – (Thika United)

9. Eugene Ochieng’ – (Sony Sugar)

10. Collins Shivachi – (Sofapaka)

Midfielders:

11. David Gateri – (Bandari)

12. Timonah Wanyonyi – (AFC Leopards)

13. David King’atua – (Bandari)

14. Victor Ndinya – (Bandari)

15. Harrison Mwendwa – (Mathare United)

16. Stephen Wakhanya – (Chemelil Sugar)

17. Timothy Otieno – (Gor Mahia)

Strikers:

18. John Nairuka – (Ulinzi Stars)

19. John Ndirangu – (Bandari)

20. Michael Olunga – (Gor Mahia)

21. Enoch Agwanda – (Sofapaka)

*(The only FKF-PL players, rest are KPL)

Uganda were shockingly eliminated by Mozambique after a dramatic collapse during post-match penalties in Kampala. They had drawn the away leg 0-0 and could not improve on it at Nakivubo Stadium. They were completely inept in the shoot-out which Mozambique comfortably won 4-1.

In contrast, another Cecafa [Council of Eat and Central Africa Football Associations] nation was doing match better in the qualifiers. Burundi won away 1-0 in Congo [Kinshasha) and in the return in Bujumbura on Sunday, the teams tied 1-1 for Burundi to move ahead.

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2015 All Africa Games qualifiers:

Saturday, March 7:

Uganda 0-0 [4-1 penalties, aggregate 0-0, 1-4 pen] Mozambique

Sunday, March 8:

Kenya 1-1 [1-4 aggregate] Egypt

Burundi 1-1 [agg 2-1] Congo [Kinshasa]

FKF-Premier League:

Sat, March 7:

Kericho Zoo 2-0 Finlays

Shabana 1-0 Ligi Ndogo

Agro-Chemicals 2-0 Modern Coast

Fixtures, Sun March 8:

Rangers 1-1 Nairobi Stima

Homeboyz 1-0 Nakumatt

Talanta 3-0 Oserian

KPL friendly:

Gor Mahia 0-0 Ulinzi Stars