FORMER UNDER 20 CAPTAIN TO LEAD FOOTBALLERS UNION.
Former national under 20 captain Innocent Mutiso was elected as the new Kenya Footballers Welfare Association (KEFWA).
Mutiso who has won three league titles with Gor Mahia twice and Mathare United before taking a break beat his sole challenger Bandari goalkeeper Wilson Obungu by 25-10 votes.
Tusker FC defender Jmes Situma will deputise Mutiso after being elected unopposed as the vice chairman.
Posta Rangers midfielder Jerry Santos and winger Dan Makori of Ushuru were elected as secretary general and assistant secretary general unopposed.
Veteran Sofapaka striker John Baraza posted a landslide victory over Thika United defender Victor Ashinga with 30-4 win.
Kenya’s pioneer professional female player Doreen Nabwire who is current national women’s Harambee Starlets assistant coach was polled in unopposed as the assistant organizing secretary.
AFC Leopards midfielder Bernard Mangoli and Spedag defender Terry ‘Puyol’ Ouko were elected as treasurer and assistant treasurer unopposed.
However, the new office gave the election losers a soft landing by co-opting them as committee members.
The committee members are Obungu, Ashinga and Makolanders striker Sharon Achieng’.
The elections were conducted during KEFWA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Railways Club in Nairobi presided over by the Mwanaspoti Foundation chairman Jeremiah Mupe.
Mutiso says, “I want to do something that my family and fans could be proud of, the current crop will be talking about, the upcoming will remember me by and the former footballers can appreciate.”
“It is time for the players to stand up and be counted. Enough with the divisions, we have to come together and speak as one voice. This is what we chose to do, this is our job, football is what puts food on our tables, our matches are viewed all over the world but we don’t get the recognition we deserve,” he added.