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Raila on Soccer

06 March 2012, 13:58 Wilhite Davidson

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Prime Minister Raila Odinga has appealed for sponsorship of community based football clubs, saying it will raise the standards of soccer in country.

The PM particularly urged corporate organizations to sponsor sports, particularly football clubs as part of their corporate social responsibility noting better results have been realized where this has been done.

Raila was speaking at his office when he met players and officials of the AFC sports club led by Chairman Alex ole Magelo and the entire technical bench.

Noting standards of local football clubs and indeed the national team Harambee stars needed to be raised, the PM said there was need to motivate players by rewarding them handsomely while at the same time improve on the fan base.

The PM observed that football teams tend to perform better when they have a huge fan base adding fans are drawn towards a club that is performing well. “I therefore advise our football clubs to improve on their standards of playing to attract support from sponsors and soccer fans alike.”

At the same time, Raila advised football clubs against allowing internal feuds to ruin their clubs, saying any issues should be quickly resolved so that it cannot interfere with the running of soccer in the clubs and in the national team as well.

Raila commended the Harambee stars for their sterling performance recently when they played Togo in the African Cup of Nations 2013 qualifier , noting their 2-1 win was a clear demonstration that  the standards of football in the country was on the mend.

“I also wish to commend our under 20 women team for plunking Zambiam team 4-0 in a world cup qualifying match recently,” he added.

During the function the PM gave shs. 1.2 million to AFC Leopards sports club.

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