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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 December, 2004, 10:54 GMT
New chairman for Kenya
Former KFF chairman Maina Kariuki
Maina Kariuki's reign as KFF chairman ended in controversy
Businessman Alfred Sambu was elected as the new chairman of the Kenya Football Federation (KFF) on Wednesday.

Sambu received a total of 199 votes out of the 224 available to beat off three other candidates to become the new chairman during the KFF annual general meeting in Nairobi.

"We had a very organised campaign and it is now time to start work," Sambu told the local press after his election.

"We want to move forward, starting by strengthening sponsorship and youth football."

Sambu, a one-time chairman of the AFC Leopards club, stood for the same post four years ago but lost out to Maina Kariuki, whose administration was dissolved by the government earlier this year over claims of corruption.

That decision by the government led to Kenya being banned from international football in June by world football's governing body, Fifa, for government interference in the sport.

The ban was eventually lifted in August and since then Kenyan football has been run by a Fifa-approved Normalisation Committee headed by former athlete Kipchoge Keino.

Sambu and his new executive will now take over the running of Kenyan football from the Normalisation Committee.

Yet not everyone was happy with the result, with one of the other presidential candidates Peter Onalo, who won just 13 votes, refusing to recognise it.

"We shall challenge this in a court of law because the constitution they have used has not been registered," he said.

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