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How FKF officials extorted SportPesa during Hull City-Gor Mahia exhibition game


How FKF officials extorted SportPesa during Hull City-Gor Mahia exhibition game

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) officials threatened to storm out of a meeting as English Championship side Hull City was preparing to visit Kenya for the first time two years ago.

It has also emerged that the Kenyan FA officials demanded up to KSh13,000 in allowances per person per day during the Hull City tour of Kenya in 2018.

This was revealed by a former employee of SportPesa, the firm that was organizing the event. 

The tour, which saw Hull City play a friendly match against record Kenyan champions, Gor Mahia, took place in May 2018, at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

According to Tom Bwana, who worked in the communications department and was the stadium announcer during the exhibition match, the federation officials allegedly threatened to “walk out from the planning stages unless they were paid outrageous amounts in per diem.”

“One major hiccup was allowances to be paid out to FKF guys who were part of organizing the visit,” Bwana said in a series of tweets that exposed the great length that the Kenyan FA officials went to personally benefit from the one-day event.

By then Robert Muthomi was still the FKF CEO before he was replaced by Barry Otieno, who was communications officer then. 

Muthomi was forced out in 2019 after he was implicated in a shoddy transfer deal that involved Harambee Stars player John Avira.

“They claimed SportPesa per diem structure was too little and demeaning to their stature insisting on a range of KSh5,000 to KSh13,000 per day per person or else they walk out,” he added without giving the exact number or names of the officials who demanded such an outrageous figure.

Bwana also revealed that FKF insisted that the fans had to pay gate charges against the sponsor’s recommendations of a free entry, with a percentage of the gate collection going to the federation.

“Momentum for the game was building. Ticketing had to be discussed. Our position was free entrance. FKF said no. Charge at least KSh200.

“We said no. Sports Kenya supported the federation. We gave in. Middle ground at KSh100? A percentage goes to FKF, another to Sports Kenya.”

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