Mumbo out to unseat Otula at the helm of KBF
Published on: January 19, 2021 02:35 (EAT)
Former basketball player Cynthia Mumbo is aiming to unseat Paul Otula as Kenya Basketball Federation president in polls slated for this Saturday at the Nyayo Stadium Gymnasium. Otula has served as the chairman of the federation for 13 years but under the new dispensation the title will be changed to federation president with the two set to slug it out. And according to Mumbo, time is ripe for a new leadership noting that her goal is to make Kenya a continental basketball powerhouse. “My vision is to have Kenya among the top five teams in Africa and we must be an example to Africa on what basketball can be,” she said. She added that, under her leadership, she will ensure the sport is well marketed to become a big brand in Kenya which is fully embraced by fans. “It’s not an overnight thing; we must first internalize and look at the assets we have. We then need to put structures into place and slowly build the brand into something that is recognizable and connected to the fans and make fans and all stakeholders own it,” she added. The other seats up for grabs include that of first vice president currently held by Hilmi Ali, second vice president held by Donald Liruh, secretary(Vitalis Gode), assistant secretary(Ambrose Kisoi), treasurer(Peter Orero), assistant treasurer(Luke Ogola), fixture secretary(Joseph Amoko) and assistant fixture secretary(Steven Nyakina). Mumbo is also known for launching the Vikapu Elite Basketball Camp, a sports development academy for youth under the age of 18. She has served in the executive committee of the KBF and is an advisory board member for the Hype Sports Innovation and the world football summit and has over 12 years of experience working in sales and marketing for several corporations in Kenya.