Aspirants for upcoming Kenya Football Federation (KFF) elections want the current Sports Act revised to accommodate sponsorship of corporate sector and other football lovers to help revamp soccer in the country.
Led by Nakuru Town East MP, David Gikaria, who is vying for National Executive Council (NEC) member from Rift Valley region, the aspirants said the current Act was formulated to curb wanton mismanagement of the KFF funds by the Nyamweya led team and locked out the corporate world, limiting funding and sponsorship of the federation to the government.
However, he said, when ‘Team Change’ led by its Presidential candidate Nick Mwendwa takes over, they will review the Act to allow corporates such as Banks, mobile service providers and other people of goodwill sponsor and develop football in Kenya.
Speaking at Kampi ya Moi grounds in Koibatek on Saturday when the Rift Valley KFF candidates endorsed the Nick Mwendwa led ‘Team Change’, the aspirants from over 10 KFF branches and sub branches in Rift Valley, said they will support the youthful candidate because he has passion and ability to revolutionize football to make the sport an enterprise that will not only benefit players but also football fans at the grassroots alike.
Team change running mate, Doris Patra said once elected, the team will commercialize football by ensuring professional football is entrenched among the Kenyan players through training of coaches and referees at all sub branches in addition to ensuring transparency and accountability in the management of football affairs at both national and grassroots levels.
Baringo Governor, Benjamin Cheboi who graced the occasion, promised to increase budgetary allocations for the sporting sector in the County to promote football alongside other sporting activities in the region.
By Esther Mwangi