Clubs plying their trade in Mombasa County and affiliated to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) have all the reasons to smile after a huge chunk of financial burden was hived off them by the Mombasa County following the adoption of recommendations engineered by Gabriel Mghendi, the FKF South Coast Branch Chairman.
Mghendi lobbied for what came to be the Kandanda Bill, and it was presented in the Mombasa County Assembly through Freretown Ward Member of County Assembly (MCA) Hon. Charles Kitula and backed unanimously by the members of the house.
Kshs 12m boost
With the passing of the bill, clubs will have an annual allocation of Kshs 12m which will be distributed to cater for their affiliation and participation fees, as well as transport and referees fees, much to Mghendi’s appreciation.
“Our clubs have had financial constraints which were an impediment in football development in the Coast Region.
“I took up this initiative as the Branch Chairman to lobby for the Kandanda Bill which will provide clubs a financial cushion that will enable them comfortably participate in the Branch Leagues,” Mghendi said.
First of its kind
The same was greeted with gratitude from the branch secretary, madam Lilian Nandudu, who thanked the County Government for the bold move.
“The Kandanda Bill, is the first of its kind and will definitely go along way in uplifting the standard of football within the County. We appreciate and value the tireless efforts by the Mombasa County Government in the growth and development of the beautiful game,” she said.
Mombasa County Sports Committee Chairman and Tudor ward MCA Hon. Tobias Samba revealed that a task force will formed to see that the funds are channeled for the intended use.