Football doing disservice to the youth
In the last decade, Kenya’s football administration has drawn significant negative global interest as a result of poor governance and corruption.
Public wrangles for power, widespread mismanagement, ethnic antagonism and political intrigue have typified football in Kenya, leaving many industry players and the public disillusioned. More importantly, corruption and negligence in the management of football robs Kenya’s youth of valuable and sorely needed opportunities and hampers socio-economic growth.
The mediation agreement that brought an end to Kenya’s post-election violence identified lack of opportunities for youth, who constitute some 60 percent of our population, as a particular trigger of the crisis. Government responses to the youth dilemma, such as the Kazi Kwa Vijana initiative, have proved inadequate.
Ensuring good governance in the management of football would be a critical element in addressing the youth issues.