Football is the most famous sport in Kenya. We’ve seen lavish players emerging from Kenyan clubs and concluding up in some of the world’s top clubs. Many Kenyans have always desired to know the individuals behind these top regional football clubs, and in this article we deliver the answers.
Here is a list of the men after Kenya’s top football clubs.
Nick Mwendwa Kariobangi Sharks
Nick Mwendwa is the proprietor of Kariobangi Sharks a team performing in the Kenyan Premier League. The retired Football of Kenya Federation (FKF) president established the club in the early 2000s. As a young man he used to glimpse a few boys recreating at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church grounds in Kariobangi and was drawn to their zeal and affection for the game. He chose to join them to offer direction and assistance in terms of balls and jerseys. He afterward started coaching them on weekends when he wasn’t heading to work and with time, it evolved a structured and well-organized team. They assumed the name Kariobangi Sharks and Mwendwa documented the team in February 2001. The team played in small leagues tiil during the 2015/2016 season when they booked a ticket to enter the Kenyan Premier League after beating Nzoia United in the finals of the National Super League (NSL).
Ricardo Badoer Wazito FC
Ricardo Badoer is a Swedish Billionaire founded in Dubai and he is the owner of Wazito FC – a team that partakes in the Kenyan Premier League. It is rumored that he expended over Ksh 80 million to develop the club from its creator Solomon Alubala in December 2018. He is very inspirational about football and also happens to own CD Ursaria – a team that performs in the Spanish fifth tier. Since he evolved the owner of Wazito FC, he has supported heavily in developing some of the best players and professional coaches who have transformed the club from playing in the National Super League (NSL) to the highest Kenyan Premier League (KPL) in two years only. Apart from soccer, he has attractions in the banking, real estate, &media sectors. He holds significant shares at Sumac Microfinance Bank in Kenya & Hakika Bank in Tanzania, where he is among the board of managers.
The club is facing financial burdens.
Jonathan Jackson – Nairobi City Stars
Jonathan Jackson is a Kenyan billionaire-born and grown in Eldoret but with British origins. He is the proprietor of Nairobi City Stars – a team performing in the Kenyan Premier League. He formulated the club through his foundation dubbed ‘Jonathan Jackson Foundation.’ The basis’s main aim was to change the lives of Kenyan youths via sports and arts. He set up the football association through his floor with the aim of giving the young youths a venue to showcase and enhance their soccer skills and talents. Apart from soccer, he is the founder of Lordship Group, a company that has invested laboriously in Real Estate in verious African countries.
Elly Kalekwa – Sofapaka
Elly Kalekwa, popularly comprehended as ‘Prezda’ is a renowned Congolese businessman. He owns Sofapaka Fc, which absolutely stands for ‘Sote Kama Familia Kwa Pamoja Kuafikia Azimio.’ The club is among the most prosperous clubs in Kenya having won the Kenyan Premier League in 2009. Aside from soccer, he has interests in the hotel enterprise, real estate and transport departments in Kenya and Cyprus. He is credited for obtaining great changes in football structure by introducing experienced contracts, selling players, constructing an official office and buying a club’s bus pushing it the first team in Kenya to gain such milestones.
Ken Ochieng – Zoo FC
Ken Ochieng is a Kenyan solicitor and owner of the Kericho-based team – Zoo FC. He established the team in 2009 amidst all disputes that the area is only exemplary at athletics and not football. He has developed the team from just a tiny squad made up of local village performers to a national team that partakes in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) as of 2022. He single-handedly funds the team with the little income that he gets from his law business – Ochieng K and Associates.
Bob Munro – Mathare United
Bob Munro is a Canadian born entrepreneur and proprietor of Mathare United. He established the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) in 1987 when he performed as an advisor for the United Nations in Nairobi. MYSA’s primary purpose was to support young gifted ghetto kids allowing them to compete against each other in soccer under structured fixtures. He later established Mathare United in mid-1994 and grew the team from recreating in the MYSA matches to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL). He is the only football club proprietor to own both a men’s & women’s team with the Mathare United Ladies’ Football Club partaking in the Kenyan Women’s Premier League.
Cleophas Shimanyula – Kakamega Homeboyz
Cleophas Shimanyula is a Kakamega-based businessperson and the proprietor of Kakamega Homeboyz. For the most extended time, he has been financially supporting the club single-handedly until lately when the County Government of Kakamega and Betting businesses came on board to support the club. He owns the Western-Cross Express Company Limited – a business in the transport departmen that runs a caravan of Matatus operating in the whole western and Nyanza region.
Laban Jobita – Western Stima
Laban Jobita is the proprietor of Western Stima – a football-club that experiences in the Kenyan Premier League. He established the Kisumu-based team in mid-1997 and three years later he got support from Kenya Power and Lighting Company. Since then, the company has sponsored the club until lately when the sponsorship was brought to an end during the Pandemic. Nevertheless, Jobita has persisted digging into his pocket and personal funds to support and make sure the team stays afloat.
Bhimji Depar Shah Bidco United FC
Bhimji Depar Shah is the creator and chairman of Bidco United. Since its inception, he has been at the helm of administration of the Thika-based club, seeing it grow from just a local team performing in the National Super League (NSL) to partaking in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL). Aside from soccer, he is an Industrialist, entrepreneur and famous businessman. He is the founder & chairman of Bidco Group of Companies –a family-owned manufacturing conglomerate with subsidiaries across 13 -African countries. He is among the most affluent people in Kenya with an assessed net worth of over US$800 million