Uhuru fetes Harambee stars following Cecafa win

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Dec 15, 2013

President Uhuru Kenyatta on sunday hosted the new Council of East and Central Africa Football Association, CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Champions, Harambee Stars at State House Nairobi.

The national team, led by Belgian Coach Adel Amrouche beat Sudan 2-0 in the final CECAFA match played at the Nyayo National Stadium on Thursday, when the country marked Jamhuri day to lift the trophy. President Kenyatta congratulated the team for the win that he noted had reclaimed the country’s lost glory in football and iced the cake as Kenya celebrated 50 years of independence.

Two goals from captain Allan Wanga in the 34th and 68th minutes won Harambee stars the trophy they lastly won in 2002. The President challenged football administrators in the country to re-examine the root cause of past poor performance in football. He told them to be transparent in management of football.

“Players cannot be blamed as they have what it takes, capacity and talent to excel. We should asked ourselves where we went wrong,” President Kenyatta said.

He assured that the Government would work with other stakeholders to bring transformational management in football.

President Kenyatta reiterated his directive that lotteries in the country be dedicated to promotion of sports, arts and the environment from January next year. Cabinet Secretary Sports Arts and Culture Dr. Hassan Wario said his ministry was committed to promoting youth talent in the country.

“Youth focus on what they do best – sports. Let us not introduce politics in the administration of sports in the country,” the minister said.

Also present was the Chairman of Football Kenya Federation Sam Nyamweya.

Twelve countries participated in the 2013 CECAFA senior challenge cup in Nairobi. Kenya has won 19 times since the tournament started in 1926.