Kenya’s Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario has berated Kenyan footballers, challenging the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to justify the immense support it enjoys from the government by winning trophies.
Wario, whose docket includes arts and culture, said it’s time football managers pulled up their socks.
Wario said the government spends so much in support of football yet what Kenyans get in return are disappointing results.
”It’s time football gave us the trophies,” said the plain-speaking cabinet secretary, who equated football to “a pregnant woman who doesn’t give birth.”
Speaking at the official opening of the National Sports Fund Stakeholders Forum at Safaricom Stadium, he blasted footballers and their managers for the poor show, while less-funded disciplines such as rugby, hockey have done the country proud.
“Kenyan footballers have nothing to write home about, the last time the senior national team Harambee Stars, featured in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations was in 2004 in Tunisia. Since booking a ticket to the continental finals, Africa’s best 16, has proved a tall order,” he lamented.
The only achievement worth mentioning is the 2013 Cecafa Senior Challenge in Nairobi, which Kenya won.
At club level, it’s the same story as top clubs Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards have both been bundled out of this year’s CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup respectively – in the very early stages of the tournaments.
Kenyan women volleyball and hockey teams have prevailed in continental events both at club and national team levels. The national sevens rugby team is also doing well in the IRB Sevens circuit, while Kenyan athletes reign supreme at national and individual levels.