The President who hosted the team Friday at State House awarded the players Sh1m (USD 11,080) to share out and pledged Sh2m (USD 22,160) that will go towards supporting the club that is yet to find a sponsor.
Kenyatta said the establishment of a national sports lottery must be fast-tracked to promote the sporting talents in line with the government’s determination to empower the youth as outlined in the Jubilee manifesto.
“I’m really keen to see that the sports lottery is established as soon as possible because it will promote our young people’s budding talents in sports,” the President said.
Congratulating the players and the team’s technical bench for their sterling performance, President Kenyatta urged them to work harder to help uplift soccer standards in the country.
“I am really proud of you. Congratulation for a job well done. You are role models to young people. We count on you to promote ideals that will set good examples for the youth,” the President who committed his administration will do everything to promote soccer in the country added.
He however called on K’Ogalo to eradicate hooliganism for the team to attract sponsors.
“Football is supposed to be an important avenue for boosting national cohesion and for that to happen all negative elements that tarnish the game must be removed. Hooliganism discourages corporate from sponsoring football teams.”
I’m sure if we stop hooliganism, football clubs will attract more sponsors from the corporate world.”
Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Arts Hassan Wario said his ministry has embarked on an aggressive campaign to address challenges facing the sporting industry.
K’Ogalo is the most successful club in the country after winning the trophy for a record 14 times to gain the bragging rights against arch rivals AFC Leopards.