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Mamluki FC rebrands from ‘criminal’ to a friendly name

28 February 2014, 22:28 Douglas Omare

Mombasa - South Coast provincial league debutants Mamluki football club have rebranded their name to Mwaembe United .

Mamluki FC team manager Henry Odero Mkondo says the decision was in line with Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) instructions that the club drops the current name that has illicited negative reaction over its real meaning.

‘’In compliance with the instructions from FKF and for the good of the beautiful game Mamluki FC have resolved to change its name to Mwaembe United, said Odero.

The decision to change the name has been reached days after FKF via South Coast branch vice chairman Ismael Mohammed ordered the Msambweni based club to change its current name because it is offensive and associated with criminal groups.

Mamluki  a Swahili word for mercenaries is closely associated with the deported Armenian brothers Artur Magaryan and Artur Sargasyan who were linked to drug trafficking in the country.

Mwaembe United FC were promoted to South Coast league after finishing runners up in the Kwale County league last season.

They are scheduled to play their first league match on Saturday March 1st when they host Barsheba United in zone D match at Maingidza ground in Msambweni sub county.

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