Ministry should come to the aid of national football team

The national football team Harambee Stars will play highly ranked Cape Verde in less than a week in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Kenya qualified for the second after defeating lowly ranked Mauritius.

The government’s promise to cater for the team’s preparations is yet to materialise.

Cape Verde is highly ranked at 32nd on the world standings and fourth in Africa.

They have challenged for the top continental trophy and come close to winning it before.

The national team is the pride of the nation and the government must do everything to ensure good results.

Poor results reflect badly on the country.

The Sports ministry, led by Hassan Wario, has to ensure the national team flies the country’s flag high.

The problems bedevilling the team include late calling for residential camping, poor planning for the calling up of professional players, lack of motivation through poor pay and lack of friendly matches.

The national team can go far if these issues are rectified.

News that players have not been paid after the assignment against Mauritius last month was disturbing.

The players played their part and deserve to be paid their outstanding allowances. The youth of this country need to see their efforts rewarded.