OPINION: What Ails Kitui County Sports

Thursday September 27, Mwingi. By John Munyoki

Football has became one of the best earning, entertaining and mostly watched game in entire world. In 2010, 3.4 billion people watched the World Cup soccer championship And also Champions League finals according to Forbes.
In KITUI COUNTY we have never taken football to a higher level, compared to the counties of Migori, Kisumu, Mombasa and also Nakuru County; where most of the players in our National Team Harambee Stars dwell.

What is it not done to get at least one player who is playing for Harambee Stars?
Why is our soccer not attractive?
Does is it mean no one who is concerned about the future of our county’s talents?

Here some of The Challenges Facing our football Talents!

1. FOOTBALL ACADEMIES: Kitui County hasn’t established any football academy to tap on our upcoming talents! We can’t have players who haven’t been properly trained in our academies.
Most of the big clubs normally attract those players from the academies. If we could only have at least 3 academies we could even export many young talents to join the likes of Victor Wanyama, who plays for Tottenham Hotspurs , and Eric Johanna, who plays for a Swedish club

For Gods sake you can’t choose an engineer or a businessman to run the sports committee or docket since he/she doesn’t understand what should be done or the challenges facing our football players in our county.
A well reputed sportsperson should always be a follower and fan, who loves the game. He/she must have the ability to trend in sports activities across Kitui County.

Our County Minister for Sports should balance that ministry. He is too much into Culture and Tourism, stamping down our sports. I have never seen him inviting coaches from even KPL leagues to snatch our great talents here.

Does Kitui County have a sport kitty? If yes where and when does that kitty apply ?
I have been doing rounds across this county and some of the clubs play in very pathetic conditions and with deplorable equipments likes of football and even the pitches. You find a club in Kaningo in Mwingi North and they can’t even afford a ball, but they got a desire to play soccer, yet their dreams are being buried by lack of sports equipments. Yet we have Sports kitty which goes into peoples’ pocket at the end of Financial year.

Lastly the county Government should establish serious sportsmen and women who have the desire to make this county a diversified in terms of sports. I believe right now we should be having our own Gor Mahia or AFC leopards which are community based clubs and great clubs in this country. Believe me, it can be done and it is possible to make it.
Kitui if full of Talents!

John Joneta Munyoki is a renown Sports Journalist from Mwingi West sub-county. He is a Graduate of NIBS college and has worked with ATG Radio 91.0 fm as Sports anchor, commentator, Reporter and also Editor For 3yrs.

He currently does Sports Research and Talent mentoring for youths.
Email: Jonetamunyoki@gmail.com

Call for Intervention, As Talented Youths Result to Brick-making and Manual Jobs to Fund the ongoing FKF Kitui County League.

Wednesday, September 26, Kitui. By Brian Peter

Teams warming up ready for a game during the ongoing FKF Kitui County League. Youths have resulted to Brick-making and such manual jobs to finance the league and logistics as the league management requires each team to pay the referee ksh. 2,000 per game.

Kitui County youths are calling on the government and well-wishers to intervene and sponsor them in the ongoing FKF Kitui County Football League.

Most of these talented youths can barely eke a living, with most of them unemployed and residing in their rural homes with no definite sources of income. Most of the team members playing in the league have resulted to desperate alternatives of making money to fund the league and cover logistics expenses; ranging from brick-making, sand harvesting, construction casuals and such manual jobs.

Wii FC team members engaging in brick making to raise money for the FKF Kitui County Football League. The team will be playing against Torenion FC on Saturday 30th September at the Wii Primary grounds

After a successful conclusion of the league,some of the well performing teams will proceed to a higher rank which is Division 2. This covers the Eastern Region from Isiolo, Kitui,Machacos to Makueni counties.”Our biggest worry remains: will the youths be able to pay for the referee fee in the division 2, which in the past has never been less than Ksh. 5,000 and pay the security fees as well?” wondered Robinson Sammy, the organizing Secretary Utoo FC, one of the teams on top of the league. “Again, how will the teams cater for accommodation and transport to all these places with brick making which is seasonal?” he added.

In the current league Division 1, each team has been required to pay a referee fee of Ksh. 2,000 for each match they play, which totals to Ksh. 4,000. Travelling expenses for the away matches, meals and refreshments, and the emergency kitty brings the total to around Ksh. 10,000. Most of these teams have a game almost every weekend.

“It’s getting harder for us with every single day, “disclosed Robinson in an interview with Kitui Newspaper. “The youth have shown lots of determination and dedication towards nurturing our talents, what I can’t understand is why the County government and our elected leaders have continued to ignore us all this time! “he lamented.

None of the teams are aware whether there exists any budget for the league either from the County or National Government. Efforts to reach the league organisers have been futile, as the provided telephone number was still going unanswered by the time of going to press.

At a glance, the FKF Kitui County Football League:-

Utoo FC of Kitui West in action during a past game.

The Kitui FKF County Football League kicked off on 27/05/2018 with a total of 10 teams from the Kitui sub-branch and 11 teams in the mwingi sub-branch which makes a total of 21 teams from Kitui county. The league is intended to come to an end on the 18/11/2018. The teams from Kitui sub branch are
Dynamo FC from Kitui Central
Majengo Heros Kitui Central
Utoo FC Kitui West
Ikanga FC Kitui South
Kwa-Vonza United from Kitui Rural
Kathivo FV from Kitui West
Torenian Kitui West
Kyanika FC Kitui East
Mutune FC from Kitui Central
And Wii FC from Kitui Central.
The various clubs pay a referee fee of 2000 per match every weekend and need organised security for referees. Players also cater for their own transport expenses and meals for all away matches.

League fixtures and table of points for the FKF Kitui County League Division1 Pool A

Russia 2018 World Cup exposes Africans’ rigidity

By Yasin Musa AyamiI have taken particular interest in watching the performance of African teams at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Interestingly, Africa has scored only three goals so far with each of our teams save Senegal losing their match mostly in the dying minutes of the game.

I have observed that even with so much attacking talent, African teams love to defend.

It is as if they go into the game to maintain the same result before the game.

Learning from the way African teams play, I have noted that their play is not different from the way most Africans approach life.

Africans love to defend their status.

They keep unproductive pieces of land for generations, they shun business events, they defend irrelevant customs, traditions, they stick to economic activities that keep their poverty intact.

An African will defend a worthless job till retirement.

Africans are afraid to attack poverty and will find every reason to defend their sorry state.

There is very little to celebrate in Africa because we do not win.

Examine yourself.

What do you defend in your life? It is exciting to attack. Attack changes results, it brings euphoria, it makes life worth living. Start attacking what keeps you miserable now.

Watching Tunisia with all their attacking talent, speed and energy, I was left wondering why they opted to defend only to concede a heartbreaking last minute goal from the team that chose to attack.

Learn the bad lesson of defending from the African team and choose attack as your lifestyle.

Am off to attack!

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