Kakamega County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Social Services, Sports, Youth, Gender and Culture Mr Mophat Mandela on Monday opened a one month Football Kenya Federation (FKF) sanctioned CAF C coaching course at Bukhungu Stadium for tacticians drawn from the entire country.
Mr Mandela who has averred to raise the levels of all sports disciplines in the County in his capacity as the in-charge County Executive noted that the program will empower the trainees with requisite knowledge to assist them in making the right decisions; attributing the dwindling quality and standards of sports in the country to indiscipline from players, poor infrastructure and inadequate training of federation officials among other factors.
He gave an example of the abandoned FKF Premier League match between AFC Leopards and Kakamega Homeboyz as an unfortunate incident that can be avoided in future if the federation invests heavily in proper training of its officials on ethics.
To promote sports even further, the CECM said the County Government is investing in sports infrastructure and has established 14 standard pitches across the County which will be used as talent identification and nurturing centres at the grassroots in addition to acting as feeder sports grounds to the magnificent Bukhungu Stadium which is in its second phase of construction. This mirrors H.E FCPA Governor Fernandes Barasa’s agenda of fastracking construction and upgrade of sports stadia in all the Sub-Counties.
Some of the pitches whose upgrade has been concluded awaiting handing over to the County Government by the contractor are Matete and Panpaper in Lugari, Mukumu and Solyo in Shinyalu, Musanda in Mumias West and Bumwende in Mumias East.
Present were Chief Officer for Sports Mr Joseph Abucheri, Deputy Director of Administration Mr Cyril Mululu, FKF County Chairman and CEO Allan Muhando and Shelton Amwayi respectively, CAF Technical Director Michael Omwenga and CAF instructors George Ondula and Fred Serenge among others.