From the Law Court To The Football Pitch: Ken Muriuki Wakili’s Football Impact in Meru

By Hillary Mukasa

The Lucrative awards on display before the final match. The winners
Trophy could easily be mistaken for the EPL Trophy.

A tournament with meticulous organization

Ken Muriuki Wakili has undeniably made an impact in developing football at the grass roots in Meru and keeping the youths gainfully busy. The last time the Lawyers were involved in football in Meru was in 2017 when Meru Mahakama FC participated in the FKF Division 2 League Northern Zone.  Mahakama FC of Nairobi played in the Kenya Premier League in the late 2000. If the members of the Judiciary in Meru and other stakeholders joined hands with Ken Muriuki Wakili then that would be the turning point of football development. The league started as an FKF District league until Ken Muriuki Wakili came on board. The League was then renamed as FKF North Imenti Kandanda Mashinani Na Wakili. This was a new dawn for the North Imenti League because before there were no awards in previous league competitions. Ken Wakili is aspiring for the post of Member of Parliament in North Imenti Constituency.

The league attracted a total of 24 clubs and it was divided into two zones. Each of the zones had a total of 12 clubs. All the registered clubs were from the 5 Wards of North Imenti. The teams were sponsored with a full uniform set, balls and capacity building done to Clubs, Coaches, Captains and referees. All the payments for the referees and other match officials were footed. And who facilitated these bills. Of course it was Ken Muriuki Wakili. Who else? When he was donating the uniforms to the teams he personally visited all the teams in the North Imenti league.  Upon his visits  to the clubs the matches were commentated. 

The distinguished guests of the day in a jovial mood: From
L-R is the Tournament Sponsor Ken Muriuki Wakili, Moses “Dube”
Odhiambo and Boniface Ambani.

The highly awaited final

The final match between Al Azizia FC and Njukinjiru was played on 5th December 2021 at Kaaga Primary School. Al Azizia beat Njukinjiru 4-0 in a one sided match. In the playoff Gachanka beat Meru Police 2-1. The final match was graced by the sponsor Ken Muriuki Wakili, former Kenyan International striker Boniface Ambani and Moses “Dube” Odhiambo.  Boniface Ambani was the top scorer in the Kenya Premier league in 2006 for Tusker Fc. At Young Africans of Tanzania he scored 18 goals in 22 matches. In Tanzania they refer him as “King of Dar es Salam” because he terrorized Simba during the Kariakor derby.  Moses “Dube” Odhiambo on his part studied at Kaaga boys in Meru and played for Al Azizia FC. The football journey man played for Tusker, APR, Young Africans, Gor Mahia, Thika United, Ushuru and Sofapaka during his career. He played for Kenya in 2004 and was capped twice.

Awards for different categories

 There were different categories of awards in this tournament. The match commentator was Diblo Kaberia of radio Jambo. Bonface Ambani on his side thanked the sponsor and the Federation for the superb organization. He identified a gifted player by the name Evans “Ferrari” Miriti and he promised to hold his hand to a brighter future.  The same sentiments were echoed by Ken Muriuki Wakili the sponsor.

The most disciplined team           Giaki FC

Sponsors Award                               Kenneth Gitonga the oldest player aged 41years- Trophy and Ksh 5,000

Golden Gloves                                  Alex Mutuma (14 clean sheets)     Trophy and Ksh 5,000

Top scorer (golden boot)              Ian “Kamala” Mugambi (Al Azizia FC -31 goals) Trophy and Ksh 5,000

MVP                                                      Dennis “Tizzo” Gikundi   Trophy and Ksh 5,000

League Champions                          Al Azizia FC    Trophy, medals and Ksh 100,000

Runners Up                                        Njukinjiru      Medals and Ksh 75,000

2nd runners up                                   Gachanka            Ksh 50,000

4th place                                               Meru Police        Ks 25,000

Ken Muriuki Wakili presenting the Winner’s Trophy to Al Azizia FC.

The FKF Chair North Imenti Nicholas “Conte” Mugambi Mugwiria says had this to say “The league was quite fulfilling and the sponsorship by Ken Muriuki Wakili made it more competitive and lively. The league saw clubs pull out more fans as it got hotter. A team like Al Azizia Fc benefitted by selling merchandise.”  The tournament was indeed highly attended and the big traffic brought Kaaga pitch and its environs to a standstill. “We as the Federation thank the sponsor, other football stakeholders that made the league to be successful and the media houses for the coverage”. Adds Nicholas “Conte” Mugambi Mugwiria.

Jubilant Al Azizia FC fans witnessing the awarding of the prizes.

One thought on “From the Law Court To The Football Pitch: Ken Muriuki Wakili’s Football Impact in Meru

  1. Well, the tournament also had the highest number of abandoned matches, wrong results postings, wrong decisions made when determining cases, referee assaulted, and poor lmage presentations.
    Grievances also fell on deaf ears so the message sent to the audience was confusing. During the tournament and even at the finals, the Gospel of covid 19 was not passed or mentioned. imagine in live broadcast Fan’s and players at no time were reminded to wear masks for protection.

    what now next after the league after spending that big fortune ???? Refs were not kitted as promised and even after so many of them were at the receiving end.
    Their payments were also bad paltry ksh 700
    .The tournament organizers did not follow covid 19 protocols , failed to put in place water for washing hands , sanitizers and face masks.

    These could also feature in your report s.
    Lastly the stake holders were consumers of decisions made by the one man office.
    we’re supposed Only to be seen but not heard so if you inquired from them , there was more than what met the eyes.

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