The crisis of football management in Kenya
Sports is widely recognized as a sector with immense economic value. Over and above the economic potential are the socio-political benefits of sports for reconciliation and as a carrier for positive messages on issues such as corruption and HIV/Aids. While Kenya is well known as a sporting nation, this success is not reflected in the football sector, which has been particularly prone to squabbling and corruption. The risk of corruption has increased dramatically as commercial influences grow. The vast sums of money the industry attracts and the high and public profile of key participants in sports makes it particularly prone to financial misappropriation and other governance issues. 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.