Nyandarua government has launched a major census for sports teams in the County to ease sports budget planning for coming competition season.
The County Chief Officer for Sports, Duncan Kanyoni said lack of financial support for teams at grassroots level hampered their development.
Speaking to leaders of teams for Leshau Pondo Ward in Ndaragwa Sub County, Kanyoni said the purpose of the County government coming in is to encourage youths to take their sports seriously and minimise internal conflicts.
Most of the time the ‘mashinani’ teams are mostly involved in conflicts, that is why our agenda is to start involving ourselves with all teams from grassroots to the county level so that we can have strong teams that can even play at national level, said Kanyoni.
Kanyoni said during the forthcoming ball games, all teams will be required to file their membership lists to discourage poaching of players by teams.
He added that names of the players should be availed to match referees to avoid fielding of a player by a team he does not belong to.
If your team is defeated at preliminary level no one is supposed to shift to another team until the end of the matches, you know players and their teams, do not allow this to happen, Kanyoni said, adding that teams fielding ineligible players will be disqualified.
Kanyoni said it is disheartening to see most teams at ward level pay too much attention to internal bickering during competitions.
The team leaders said the conflicts are caused by the County’s failure to give commensurate cash awards, thus causing player to quarrel overs sharing of the money.
Leshau Pondo ward has 14 men football teams and two for ladies. There are five volleyball teams for men and three for women.
Kanyoni said during the competition at ward level, a team will be assigned to scout the best players to form one strong team for football and volleyball men and women that will advance to Sub County level.
The same formula will be used at Sub County up to the County level. The Chief Officer added that teams should strive to have young players as those aged 25 years and below will be allowed at national level.
Prior to the competition at ward level, there will training for referees and, he encouraged the teams to produce some of their players to undergo the training for refs.
Source: Kenya News Agency