By Fredrick Nadulli aka Razor,
In the wake of the raid of FIFA’s top brass by the FBI, keen observers opine it was only a matter of when, not if, the world governing body would come tumbling like a pack of cards. That it took the dreaded American agency to finally lift the lid on the rot in Zurich underlines just how weighty the mess was.
For years, echoes of disgust rung through every corner of this planet on how FIFA stinks to high heaven, but few if any had the courage to bell the overgrown cat. The FBI act shook Zurich to the core, and people are running helter skelter.
UNMASK THE TRAITORS
The high profile arrests in a Swiss luxury hotel by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation set the ball rolling and opened a hitherto tightly sealed can of worms.
Dissenting voices may point out that the disgruntled Americans only acted out of anger for missing the hosting rights for the World Cup in 2022, an issue itself mired in controversy, but this arguement is apparently neither here nor there. Those familiar with FIFA dynamics will tell you that these are just but red herrings, intended to deflect attention and mask the bitter truth.
Before the dust had settled, and with FIFA elections looming, incumbent Sepp Blatter, as widely expected, easily strolled to a third term. Ironically, barely four days into re-election, the President has quit. For lack of a better explanation, world football’s top circles are getting hotter by the day. The proverbial elephant is in the room.
With the shock exit of monsieur Blatter, his poor orphans are bound to die a natural death. They are doomed. Having almost single-handedly taken Kenyan football to the dogs, Sam Nyamweya must be quaking in his boots.
Him and his unruly ilk were notorious for hanging onto the coat-tails of Sepp Blatter, but with his sudden departure, they must find other facades to hide behind. Oft times they have got away with impunity, big brother FIFA looking the other way, much to the chagrin of helpless football followers.
“If Sam Nyamweya has a smart think tank, he would quietly leave office and disappear into oblivion, without attracting the wrath of interested parties who have smelt blood.
If not, a high profile personality will soon be cooling his heels in a slammer, his past having caught up with him.
It is crunch time.
N/B The writer is a former Kenyan International