NAIROBI, Kenya, April 29 – A top Kenyan sports ministry delegation led by Minister Dr Paul Otuoma was scheduled to leave the country on Thursday night for a fact-finding mission in the Bundesliga.
The bureaucrats who include Permanent Secretary James Waweru and Commissioner for Sports will be seeking to learn, gain insights and forge networks for the benefit of Kenyan club football during the five-day outing.
Their itinerary includes watching a Bundesliga match, a full-day workshop in the German league headquarters in Frankfurt, a visit to the Eintracht Frankfurt development centre, in keeping with the Minister’s strategic focus on football development and a meeting with Cornelia Rogall-Grothe, State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior.
Pay television service provider SuperSport, who are the broadcast right holders and title sponsors of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) funded the trip.
Two months ago, the same firm facilitated a visit by top KPL managers to the Bundesliga as it seeks to inject professionalism in the domestic league that until 2008, was a run down affair.
“We are here to support Kenyan football from every angle and this visit represents a great chance for sports administrators to gain an insight into the Bundesliga and build a network of support for their own endeavours,” Gary Rathbone, head of SuperSport Africa said.