This country have few celebrated sports personalities that have given back to the society. Some by supporting and sponsoring sporting activities. For a long time sports in this Kenya has been taken as a mare social part time activities. We have failed to realize that actually sports globally has grown into a major multi-billion industry employing a large population of the youth both skilled and unskilled.
More people should come on board to support and sponsor our youths in sporting events they excel in thus giving the youths more opportunities to showcase their talents.
National and county governments should emulate these sports personalities and do something about sports in the country and counties. Counties like Nairobi have managed to include some of the best known sports personalities led by the passionate CEC of sports madam Janet Muthoni and her well informed collegues who include, the longest serving former Harambee Stars player and captain Musa Otieno, Dennis Oliech arguably the best striker Kenya has ever produced so far, former Kenya International Hon. Hashim Kamau, Gor Mahia’s organizing secretary Judith Nyangi and former nominated county rep from Jericho Leah Mumo as members of national county sports board.
Other county should follow the same suit by including other celebrated sports personalities whether known in their counties, country or globally to be their ambassadors in various sporting events. Sports personality like Allan Wanga leads the sports docket in Kakamega County, Taita Taveta also have an elected FKF official Bigvae Mwaelemi leading the sports docket in the county. Meru recently appointed FKF NEC Member Mureithi Nabea, Douglas Wakihuri and Joseph Kinyua among others as members of Meru Sports Council.
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua did a good job in his first term in office building a stadium that has held international matches when we had no other stadium to hold high calibre matches. There is, however, room for improvement in the stadium.
Apart from now maybe Kisii County building a stadium that can host KPL and NSl many other counties are a disapointment some even appointing people with no knowledge of sports to lead the important docket making it difficult for their counties to excel in any sporting discipline.
Nothing is happening in Kisumu despite the current Governor promising to remove the heap of Gabbage next to the stadium and to start working on the stadium itself. The stadium, which, in December 2017 hosted the semifinals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, has remained desolat, sitting on a landmine as it plays host to top Kenyan Premier League matches.
The Former Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto had rolled out the construction of a decent stadium, a project that has however, stalled thanks to local politics. It has since become a grazing field with no hopes of living up to its initial dream.
Governor Joho of Mombasa who has been working closely with the FKF South Coast leadership led by Chairman Gabriel Mghendi took sports seriously in his first term in office by adding more stadia’s in his county and is today still working on more sports facilities in the county.
Nairobi’s Governor Mike Sonko so far seems to be the latest enthusiast of sports in the county for instance today the Nairobi county Government is building four state of the art FIFA standard astro turf stadiums in four sub counties in the county. Dandora, Kangemi, Dagoretti and Woodley where works are already going on as scheduled. This grounds once completely done will be better than the usual local stadia’s we are used to.
Just few months ago the Malindi Town MP Hon Aisha Jomwa through the local FKF leadership donated a bus to be used by all the teams participating in various FKF leagues within the constituency hence easing transport budget for teams in Malindi town.
How we wish His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta who seems to be enthusiastic in sports would include sports and talent development as the fifth big agenda in their vision for the youth of his country. This will be a major boost to the sports fraternity.
The national Government should also increase allocation to the counties specifically for sports development more so to those counties that seem to be actually enthusiastic about sports development.
Further, the Sports Fund, which was borne out of the taxation wars that heavily affected betting and lottery firms, should be structured in a way that the intended beneficiaries have a taste of it.
There also needs to be goodwill from our political leaders to see to it that not only does sports infrastructure form part of the government’s development agenda but sports personalities are also generously remunerated to spur continuity in the industry.