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Oliech to head Nairobi sports management board as chair

Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko is contemplating making sweeping changes in the upper echelons of the city sports management Board led by Hashim Kamu current Board Chair, following the unfortunate incident which occurred last Tuesday in a brain-storming meeting ahead of the forthcoming Governors Cup.

Sonko made the remarks this week in the wake of an altercation which broke out at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports boardroom at the City Hall Annex between Judith Nyangi current Gor Mahia Deputy Organizing Secretary and immediate former nominated Member of County Assembly (MCA) Leah Mumo bot believed to have physically fought after money that was meant for the fans heading to Kasarani Stadium for Kenya vs Ethopiam AFCON Qualifiers match went missing., Both Judith and Mumo however counter accused each other of causing the chaos that led to the crucial meeting coming to a halt prematurely.

The Current Chairman of the Board set to a later date the next meeting. Sonko said he was concerned about politics which had infiltrated the Nairobi Sports Department to the extent of some of the members sorting out their differences physically instead of focusing thier energy on ongoing Stadiums renovations among them Dandor, Kihumbuini both ongoing, Woodley, Ziwani and City Stadium yet to be commenced renovation In a nutshell, Sonko said he was considering appointing ex-international Dennis Oliech as the chairman of the Board to replace Hashim Kamau and Musa Otieno also former International as his deputy considering that they have a sound football background which will be invaluable in tapping inherent talent in Nairobi.

“I must say that football should not be left to politicians and this is why I will make proactive changes in my quest to bring sports standards in Nairobi to the next level. Don’t be surprised if I pick board members like Oliech to serve as chairman with Musa ( Otieno) as his deputy. I believe they have better management skills,” said Sonko.

He further said plans are afoot for the county government to sponsor a team either in the National Super League or Kenyan Premier League (KPL) to emulate successful counties like Vihiga and Kakamega which have churned out great teams.

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