Doris Petra: The Iron Lady Taking Over FKF From Nick Mwendwa

  • Photo Collage Between Nick Mwendwa and Doris Petra
    Photo Collage Between Nick Mwendwa and Doris Petra
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  • Nick Mwendwa resigned on Tuesday Night November 30, handing over the leadership mantle of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to his Vice President Doris Petra.

    But little information was known about her before Mwendwa publicised her name through the resignation letter where she was tasked with all the responsibilities of the president of the federation.

    That position is historical as it would make her the first woman to sit at the helm of the football governing body in the country.

    Doris has been serving as Mwendwa's vice since 2006. Her duties entailed coming up with projects and football proposals that need approval from the National Executive Committee for implementation.

    Doris Petra FKF Vice President During Past AGM Meeting
    Doris Petra FKF Vice President During Past AGM Meeting
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    Qualifications and Achievements

    The mother of six immense contributions to football in the country is enough to earn her the iron lady status.

    She holds a Diploma in Personnel and Human resource. Doris began working with Kenya Posts and Telecommunication in 1989, now Telkom before her retrenchment in 2005. 

    Before then she was an untrained teacher at Thur Dibuoro Secondary School in Nyakach. While at those government jobs she continued sharpening her skills and passion for football.

    Doris takes credit for championing the rights of athletes and also establishing several professional leagues in the country.

    She was involved in the establishment of provincial league structures in the Rift Valley and a stable National Women's team with a consistent technical bench ensuring that former players are involved in the operation and management of teams.

    In 2013, her efforts got rewarded as she was feted with Kenya Premier League award to celebrate her zeal and determination ion the sector that had picked up its momentum.

    She also worked with emeritus FKF President Sam Nyamweya as a National Executive committee member before becoming the first female Deputy President in Kenyan football and now the First Female President.

    In her line of duty, Doris noted that working with men is not easy with most of them displaying their egos making service delivery hard.

    "Working with men is not easy therefore you have to accept to work with them without infringing their egos. You have to be good at what you do without excuses and strive to remain on top of your game," she noted in a past interview.

    She however pegs her success on diligence and determination not to give up.

    "I always pray a lot and never give up. I believe in falling and standing up for what I believe in. Apart from being disciplined and hardworking, you have to be a vigilant team player."

    Now her role is to restore sanity amidst the existence of a caretaker committee that was established by Sports and Culture Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed. 

    The changes meant that FKF was declared null and void.

    Doris Petra FKF Vice President During Past Football Meeting with Other Stakeholders
    Doris Petra FKF Vice President During Past Football Meeting with Other Stakeholders
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