Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa has cleared the air on raging debate that players from Kariobangi Sharks are favored at the national team.
The ever unending debate first came into the fold when Kariobangi Sharks forward Masoud Juma was given a starting role in Harambee Stars’ squad that lost to Sierra Leone during a World Cup qualifiers despite having no experience at national team level.
Fans took to social media to blast Stars' head coach Stanley Okumbi, himself a former Kariobangi Shark coach, for his decision to start Masoud (Juma) ahead of current league top scorer Stephen Waruru of Ulinzi Stars.
But the FKF supremo, who is also associated with Kariobangi Sharks has quashed the allegations raised by a section of fans on a public facebook page.
One fan, Aseno Churchill, had challenged FKF not to ‘interfere’ with the work of technical bench in the team selection and Mwendwa hit back with a response in a lengthy conversation.
“Please do the management and let the coaches play their part. Soon Harambee Stars will change to ‘Kariobangi Stars’ just because of you. You've done so well don't let your failures overshadow your success,” wrote Churchill.
But Mwendwa hit back: “We need to be fair on both sides. If a player has talent and is good for that level, then he needs to have his fair chance.”
“If in 20 players (who) traveled to Sierra Leone, only one came from Sharks, what’s wrong with that?”
“There are many players getting chances to move abroad. Only two from Sharks will or have tried. Why should they be vilified because I came from there? Should that team be closed down now that I am President (of FKF)?”