Improve soccer standards

The SportPesa Kenya Premier League season ended Sunday, with Gor Mahia making history as the first side to win the title 15 times, two more than their rivals, AFC Leopards.

Congratulations are in order for Kogalo, who get to keep the trophy after claiming it three seasons in a row for the second time.

However, there are issues that Kenya Premier League (KPL) and Football Kenya Federation (FKF) must address to improve the standards of soccer in the country.

Hooliganism has proved to be a stubborn disease and Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards fans are the main culprits.

KPL, FKF, and the government must devise ways to stem this.

Gor and AFC have the largest following in the country, but have failed to secure sponsorship.

The clubs must commercialise their activities to attract sponsors and end their dependence on handouts from wellwishers.

They must constitute strong marketing teams to lobby corporate entities.

Local clubs’ performance at the regional and continental levels has been dismal.

Even locally, things have not been good.

These pitiable local standards have manifested themselves in the poor performance of the national team, Harambee Stars.