Uhuru tells football chiefs to stop wrangling

By nesta kizito
Dec 05, 2021
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta with Sofapaka FC President Elly Kalekwa.(Photo:PSCU)

President Uhuru Kenyatta has cautioned the country's football top brass against bickering at the expense of the game’s development.

In what was a clear reference to the current power struggle between Kenyan Premier League,KPL and Football Kenyan Federation,FKF, the President on Thursday challenged the feuding administrators to set aside their differences and instead work towards harnessing the talent of the youth.

“As soccer managers and on behalf of Kenyans, you should promote talent to enable young people earn decent lives from this sport,”

President Kenyatta said when he hosted GOtv Shield champions, Sofapaka, at State House, Nairobi. KPL and FKF are currently embroiled in a tussle to control the top flight league with the composition of the competition being the cause of the fallout.

Whereas FKF is championing for the expansion of the league to 18 teams, KPL is wants the number of the teams in the league to remain 16.

Football mismanagement

President Kenyatta further said that football is the country’s national sport and everything should be done to encourage local teams shine in both national and continental championships.

The President’s sentiments were echoed by Sports, Culture and the Arts Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, who was also present at State House. Wario told the football administrators to clean up their act as the government will no longer entertain football mismanagement.

The President congratulated Sofapaka for winning the GOtv Shield and assured them of his continued support as the team prepares to represent the country in continental competitions.

Sofapaka, who beat newly-promoted Posta Ranger 2-1 in the final of the knockout tournament last month in Nakuru, will represent Kenya in the Caf Confederations Cup next year.

The President rewarded the team with Sh 1 million with sources within the club who were present during the function revealing that the President further pledged to facilitate the team’s engagement in the continental stage by offsetting their travel expenses.