The bungling Football Kenya Limited are at it again as they expose their utter incompetence to a nauseating level.
The football company has arbitrarily withdrawn the Kenya Under-23 from the All Africa Games qualifiers.
Kenya were scheduled to play against Uganda on Saturday in the return match after suffering a heavy 5-1 home defeat on June 25.
But FKL official Hussein Swaleh said they did not have funds for the return match, which was, anyway, a needless outing as Kenya could not overhaul Uganda’s lead.
It makes one wonder why FKL entered the competition in the first place.
In February, FKL pulled a shocker when they withdrew the Kenya women’s team from the All Africa Games at the 11th hour claiming there was no money to fund the team.
The same company caused Kenya to miss out on the Olympic qualifiers after inexplicably failing to register Harambee Stars to participate.
All these actions, taken solely by the company’s top officials have affected dozens of aspiring footballers, fans and, indeed, the country.
No wonder an angry Sports Commissioner Gordon Oluoch lambasted the blundering company for abdicating their duties.
“It is important for FKL to know that they have been mandated to run football on behalf of Kenyans and not themselves,” said Oluoch.
Does FKL realise that every young football player’s dreams of one day featuring for the national team? When FKL deny players that chance to play at the highest level – the international level – and fans a chance to watch their national teams in action, they show a startling abdication of duty.
How else then does FKL nurture and grow talent? How does FKL promote and popularise the sport?
And is not sport also about participation rather than winning, and bringing people of different backgrounds together?
The only withdrawal FKL officials should have done was of themselves: from football leadership.