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HOW TO UPGRADE FOOTBALL STANDARDS IN KENYA
Kenya has triumphed in athletics since time immemorial. However its soccer standards continue to nosedive with the rising international advancement of soccer.
Soccer fans should not worry any more. All they need to do is pressurize the sports Ministry to undertake transformation in the management of soccer. Fans should demand accountability from Professor Helen Sambili, the Minister for Sports and Kabando wa Kabando and Wavinya Ndeti- her assistants.
These sports officials should start permanent district teams in all the 254 Kenyan districts. Each team should have forty players, who must be employed on contracts. The technical benches of these teams should be paid and given good remuneration by the government.
The uniform of the district teams should reflect the culture and aspirations of the district. These teams must not be jerseys, which are a replica of European teams. Their names must be local in order to attract support of fans in their background. For example, Lamu district soccer team can be called ‘sulisuli’ and its official jersey must have colours, which should show that the team has an island background.
Each of the eight Kenyan Provinces must have provincial teams, which are formed after an inter-district football tournament.
The provincial teams must have qualified coaches whose financial welfare is catered for by the government.
Provincial teams should be more skilled than the district teams, but members of district teams should be upgraded if they show advance play. On the other hand players of the provincial teams must be advised to rejoin district teams if their standards deteriorate.
The official jerseys of the provincial teams should be unique and be related to the culture of the people in which they are based. Example, North Eastern’s provincial team, can adopt the name “Ngamia Wanderers’ because, many residents that province respect the Carmel.
Each provincial team should have its own flag, and should be allowed to invest in income generating projects like owning stadiums, sports houses and tourist hotels. In addition all teams should have advanced websites, which market their players to international teams.
The eight provincial teams should have an annual tournament, which must be televised live by a sport station, sponsored by the Ministry of Sports. This station should also buy broadcasting rights for all major international football games.
The premier league and the national wide league should continue, but all football Kenya officials must be forced to resign and be banned from holding public offices. Henceforth organizers of football in the country should be former members of Harambee Stars or known Sports personality like: Paul Tergat, Douglas Wakiihuri, Ibrahim Hussein, Mohammed Abbas, Hussein Kheir, Catherine Ndereba, Kipchoge Keino and Nahashon Oluoch.
As a rule all Kenyan companies which make a profit of ten million monthly, must support a football team.
Money should be pumped in school, for they are the nuclear of football. The Ministry of education should not register schools that lack Sports facilities. Secondary schools must be forced to form strong teams that feed district teams with players. The ministry of education should also employ coaches for all schools.
Tertiary colleges and universities should have strong football teams. Academic calendars should be designed to spare weeks for football training and inter-universities competitors.
The Board of Management of Harambee stars should be Provinces and it must ensure that the technical bench of the national team, account for the reasons behind the selection of each players in the national team.
If Kenya adopts these recommendations, no doubt it will take us less than five years to clinch position one in FIFA ranking.