Questions arise days after Ingwe sealed Betika Multi-million deal
AFC Leopards immediate former Secretary General Oliver Sikuku has distanced himself from the deal the team nailed with Spotika.
Sikuku’s sentiments come barely a few days after Ingwe chairman Dan Shikanda announced to terminate the Sh60m sponsorship with the betting company before inking a Sh195 million three-year contract with another betting firm.
“When I was in office I did not get a chance to see any contract that we signed with Spotika and if there is any contract that was signed then I was not involved.
“You know I was not alone in the office and may be my colleagues sat with them and agreed but as for me, I did not see the contract,” said Sikuku.
The previous deal was to run for only one year while the current contract signed will be operational for the next three years.
It was announced a few days before the club went to elections with some opponents of the then regime citing that the move was only to help the incumbent office gain political mileage to be voted in for another time.
Sikuku whose term came to an end on June 26 after the club elections, has however said that he had no option but to support the deal.
“I can’t oppose something that could help the team financially and because we were having financial challenges and my colleagues told me that they agreed with Spotika to sponsor the team, I had no option but to support,” concluded Siku.
Elsewhere, Football Kenya Federation Transition Committee met Kenya Premier League clubs on Monday for a review of last season and plan about the upcoming campaign set to kick off on August 27.
Representatives of majority clubs who attended the meeting at Nyayo national stadium reiterated their commitment in support of the interim body mandated to run Kenyan football .
According to AFC Leopards Chairman Dan Shikanda, the top flight faced a few challenges which as league stakeholders in partnership with Transition Committee they are ready to iron out before the league kick off.
“Nothing like this has taken place before in terms of federation meeting club chairmen and CEOs to deliberate on ways of reviewing and making the league better.It is been a great engagement as we’ve touched on Transfer Matching Systems(TMS),ways to improve our officiating standards, broadcasting partnerships,curbing hooliganism among others.If well executed, we will be one of the best leagues in Africa” noted Shikanda.
According to leagues and competitions chairman Ali Amour, there are plans to develop a transfer system which would help monitor the movement of players at the club level to curb cases of FIFA sanctions on clubs over violation of transfer regulations.
“Kenyan clubs have reportedly missed out on millions of dollars in transfer dealings and we hope the new measure will help fix the problem.What we seek to do is compel the club benefiting from transfers to seek approval from the home club and FIFA before a transfer is approved” he said.
Amour also disclosed the committee is in the process of releasing a handbook which will present critical insights of the local game hence exploring key themes ranging from rules and regulations to structural mechanisms governing the sport.