Sembi, credited with the rise of Western Bulls that was transformed from a franchise to a club, has also not come out to campaign but sources indicate that he could pull a major surprise against Omwela and Mutai as he is seen as the face of change.

The move by Kenya Cup caucus to front Omwela and other directors for posts as happened in 2015 could spoil his chances. Most university teams playing in the Nationwide League and Kenya Cup are not happy with the move, which could swing the vote in favour of Sembi or Mutai.

Sembi has appealed more to the Universities owing to his development programmes in Western Kenya and Kisumu while Mutai, who was been a darling of sponsors, also drawing support from some universities and Kenya Cup sides.

Sembi has campaigned on a platform of change by interacting more with players and clubs, something he says Omwela has not done.

Mutai was key to attracting sponsorship to KRU. He brought in Virgin Atlantic and KooGa that transformed Kenya Sevens and signed a partnership with Western Province from South Africa that saw Kenya take part in Vocadom Cup.

Kenya made huge profits at Safari Sevens in 2012 and 2013 when Mutai was the tournament’s chairman but Omwela, who has been accused of having little time for the game and failing to secure credible sponsors, questions where Mutai has been for the last two years.

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