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Stop wrangles, urges Sports Minister

FOOTBALL By - | November 23rd 2012

By Gilbert Wandera

The Government has challenged Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to do more in developing the sport.

Sports Assistant Minister Kabando wa Kabando, at the same time, urged the federation to shun wrangles as this is likely to reverse gains made in uplifting football standards in Kenya.

Speaking during the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) award ceremony on Wednesday night, Kabando said: “As a country, we are doing poorly at the international level. Harambee Stars have been knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and our dreams of playing in the 2014 World Cup are hanging by a thread.

“Our ranking in Fifa is very poor and this means we need to do more, especially in terms of putting in place the proper youth structures to stimulate development. This is the role of all stakeholders who must work together in this area,” he said.

Regarding wrangles, Kabando wa Kabando asked FKF to sort out problems in its South Coast branch by encouraging dialogue.

“Wrangles almost destroyed Kenyan football. The Government worked hard to ensure unified elections were held to end the wrangles. We must not go back to the same thing,” he said.

Kabando promised that his ministry will continue to support FKF and the national team Harambee Stars, but challenged the side to do well in Saturday’s regional tournament that starts in Uganda.

“We have spent tax payer’s money on the team and the best they can do to repay back the favour is by bringing positive results,” he added.

Speaking at the same function, FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya promised enhanced security next season.

Nyamweya said he will seek an even better working relationship with the KPL next season so as to raise football standards.

“I am glad that we have worked well so far and this has resulted in having more fans come to the stadium. We also have a very successful women’s league giving sponsors more options,” he said.

Nyamweya congratulated the winners of various awards and urged sponsors to out in more.

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