Football Kenya Federation (FKF) presidential aspirant Gor Semelango has been locked out of the 2015 polls after the federation published rules and regulations for the polls as well as the threshold to be met by aspirants.
The guidelines state that for a candidate to get clearance for the top post, they have to have been actively involved in football for the past two years ahead of the elections, a rule that locks out Semelango who has only been the reunion chair for three months.
The rules set also have a potential banana skin for former Kenyan international Sammy Sholei who spent the last three years on suspension but was cleared in September by the Sports Disputes Tribunal.
The rules state:
“The candidate shall have played an active role in association football (as a NEC member, committee member, referee and assistant referee, coach, trainer and any other person responsible for technical, medical or administrative matters in FKF, League or Club or as a player) for the last two (2) years before being proposed as a candidate,” reads part of the guideline document on the official FKF website.
“The candidate shall present declarations of support from at least 5 members of FKF (cf. art 10 par 1 of the FKF Statutes) drawn from 5 of the 8 distinct FKF regions. Being proposed as a candidate by a member shall be understood as a declaration of support.
Each member may only present a declaration of support for one person for this position. If a member presents declarations of support for more than one person, all its declarations shall become invalid.
“Members must notify the FKF general secretariat, in writing, of a candidature for the office of FKF President within the deadline stipulated in the Statutes and the present Electoral regulations.”