'Some clubs don't want to be promoted' - Hussein Mohammed decries poor state of Kenyan football

'Some clubs don't want to be promoted' - Hussein Mohammed decries poor state of Kenyan football

Joel Omotto 13:14 - 27.06.2024

The FKF presidential hopeful is worried about the sorry state of Kenyan football which he feels is capable of generating a lot of revenue with the right structures in place.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) presidential hopeful Hussein Mohammed has claimed that the financial woes facing Kenyan clubs has some fearing promotion.

Mohammed, a harsh critic of the current FKF regime, has decried the sorry state of clubs in the country as they struggle to honour matches amid a lot of financial challenges and he believes the situation is worse in the lower leagues than in the top flight.

“It’s a shame that eight years down the road you have clubs still struggling. Some clubs don’t even want to be promoted. They cannot afford to play in the NSL or Division Two,” said Mohammed.

“They have no interest in getting promoted to the upper leagues because they cannot afford it. Football has turned the people who love the sport into beggars.

“That must change but only if we have the right people in the right positions in the administration of this sport.”

Mohammed says sponsors have distanced themselves from Kenyan football due to lack of accountability, arrogance, and a lack of decorum, particularly in handling sponsorships and their resources but believes it is possible for clubs to make profits from the game.

“I firmly believe it is possible for Premier League teams to generate at least Ksh50 million in profit each season. Achieving this requires strategic thinking, improving infrastructure to attract and retain fans, and implementing systemic changes to demonstrate to sponsors that our game is a worthy investment for their hard-earned money,” he said through a statement early this week.

“Some argue that developing infrastructure is solely the government's responsibility and therefore wash their hands of the matter. This is not productive thinking. This is our game. It is a game of partnership, teamwork, and leadership.”

Kenyan clubs have been living from hand to mouth for decades with little or non-existence sponsorships, lack of broadcast partners and low interest from fans contributing to the problems.

However, there have been efforts to woe sponsors back especially with the return of Premier League matches on TV but the financial challenges are still massive from the top flight down to the lower leagues.