Ex-Mombasa mayor Mohdhar wants county to name stadium after Hatimy
Published on: January 12, 2021 12:53 (EAT)
The former mayor of Mombasa City Ahmed Mohdhar has called upon the Mombasa County Assembly to pass a special motion to name the Mombasa County Stadium after former nominated MCA and KFF Chairman the late Mohammed Hatimy. Speaking during the final of the Mohammed Hatimy Memorial Cup, Mohdhar said the late Hatimy was a ”special person” who played a major role in promoting football in the country and the stadium in particular. “Hatimy used to camp in my office when I was serving as the mayor. He always insisted that we needed to modernize the stadium to international standards. He fought so hard to ensure there was a special budget for the stadium,” said Mohdhar. He added, “There is no other way that we can honour him apart from naming the stadium after him.” Hatimy served as the football boss in Kenya between 2007 to 2011 and also served in several FIFA and CAF committees. He succumbed to Covid-19 on November 2020, and was until his death an ODM nominated MCA at the Mombasa County Assembly and county chairman of the party. The reconstruction of the stadium to an ultra-modern facility is ongoing albeit at a snail pace. Magongo Rangers emerged winners of the inaugural Mohamed Hatimy Memorial Cup defeating Omax 4-1 in penalty shootouts after a one-all-draw in regular time.