by Abdinoor Aden.
Mombasa county football stakeholders have rolled their sleeves to revive football in the county as Covid-19 pandemic and the stalemate surrounding soccer elections in the country continues to threaten thousands of talents in the area.
Through the Mombasa County Football Association, legally registered and recognized by the registrar of sports, the county soccer stakeholders have announced a raft of measures to bring back sanity to steer the sport starting with elections set for mid-August.
Speaking to the press this morning in Mombasa, Current chairperson of Mombasa County Football association formerly FKF Mombasa Sub-Branch, soccer administrator Goshi Ally has clearly maintained that their aim is to enrich grassroot soccer by bringing proper structure to complement existing efforts of running the sport.
“We have met all the legal and technical requirements and we are glad to announce that we have also received the approval and blessings of Registrar of sports and the County government of Mombasa,” Goshi said.
The formation of the Mombasa County Football association falls in line with the requirements of the sports act 2013, which authorizes the operation of sports organizations registered as county sports associations. This allows the newly formed body to conduct soccer related activities within Mombasa County as stipulated in sections 46 and 47 in the Sports Act 2013.
“Twenty-four (24) clubs have already registered with us and we have many others lined up to contest and our target now is to ensure we nurture grassroot talents and manage football at county level as legally mandated for the long-term success of soccer in Mombasa”, Goshi added.
Eight positions will be up for grabs in the forthcoming Mombasa county football polls including the Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and their deputies, women representative and youth representative respectively.
According to documents seen by Soka25East, Mombasa County Football Association received its certificate of registration from the registrar of sports Madam Rose Wasike May this year.
“We intend to re-organize ourselves to resume competitive football in Mombasa County as soon as we get clearance from the government and therefore, we urge our clubs to comply with the sports act so that we can realize this vision,” Goshi concluded.
Mombasa has continued to remain as a major source of soccer talents in Kenya with dockers Bandari FC qualifying to the playoffs of 2019 Caf Confederations Cup before exiting at the hands of Horoya FC.
The County neared soccer success in the past before facing financial challenges as both its famous sides Congo boys and Bandari FC participated in the 2011 Kenya Premier League season before suffering relegation.
Goshi Ally was joined in the briefing by Mombasa soccer administrators and former legends led by FKF Presidential aspirant Twaha Mbarak, Kenya Football Coaches Association (Kefoca) Chairman, Ricky Solomon, Mombasa County Football association Secretary Rashid Mwang’ombe and other