NAIROBI, Kenya, July 31- Deputy President William Ruto has directed the Ministry of Sports to take urgent steps to return football back to its glory days.
Mr Ruto said the current situation in football was pathetic and pitiable and the Government must take measures.
He said organisations responsible for running football must be professional.
“I ask the Ministry of Sports to take urgent and necessary steps to return football to its rightful place,” he said.
“We want to ask those responsible for running football that we need our football in its rightful place.”
The Deputy President was Speaking at Makadara Constituency, when he launched the Camp Toyoyo Stadium, Jericho, Nairobi.
The stadium was constructed using the Constituency Development Fund.
“Those responsible for running football in Kenya must up their game. We cannot have a scenario where we are defeated by everyone.”
“Our football is in disgrace. We must have a conversation as a country and managers of our football organizations so that we take football to its rightful place,” he said.
Ruto watched the tie where Parliament beat Nairobi County Assembly 2-0 while another exhibition match between local clubs saw the likes of former Harambee Stars captain, Musa Otieno and other stars from Nairobi’s eastlands take to the field.
The Deputy President noted development of sports infrastructure such as the stadium was one way of growing professional sportspersons as well as creating employment opportunities for the youth.
“Sports is a multi-billion industry and one of the largest employers in the world.”
Area MP, Benson Mutura, said the aim constructing the stadium was to grow talent adding sports and performing arts are some of the major income generating projects in the area.
The MP disclosed that the CDF had injected Sh50 million in the development of the field and invited corporates and the Government to use it to help in recouping the investment and generating income for local youth.
MP for Starehe and former Sports Minister, Maina Kamanda, lamented that many sports persons die poor and asked the ministry he once served in the Narc Government to adequately compensate them so that they can have a secure retirement.
Several MPs and sportsmen among them veteran Joe Kadenge attended the launch.