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Uhuru Kenyatta urges soccer officials to improve standards

16 December 2013, 08:19 Kimathi Kamau

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday called on football administrators to improve the standards of the game in the country.

Kenyatta also challenged football administrators to re-examine the root cause of past poor performance in football and also practice transparency in management of football.

"Players cannot be blamed as they have what it takes, capacity and talent to excel. We should ask ourselves where we went wrong," He said when he received national soccer team, Harambee Stars at State House, Nairobi.

The Harambee Stars are the new Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup Champions.

The national team, led by Belgian coach Adel Amrouche, beat Sudan 2-0 in the final CECAFA match played in Nairobi last Thursday to lift the trophy.

Two goals from outstanding skipper Allan Wanga in the 34th and 68th minutes won Harambee stars the trophy they last won in 2002. President Kenyatta said Kenyans were disappointed with past performances of the national team.

He assured government will work with other stakeholders to bring transformational management in football.

Kenyatta congratulated the team for the win that had reclaimed the country's lost glory in football and iced the cake as Kenya celebrated 50 years of independence.

President Kenyatta reiterated his directive that lotteries in the country be dedicated to promotion of sports, arts and the environment from January next year.

The President appreciated sponsors for their contribution towards Harambee stars sterling performance.

Cabinet Secretary Sports Arts and Culture, Hassan Wario said his ministry was committed to promoting youth talent in the country.

"Youth focus on what they do best - sports. Let us not introduce politics in the administration of sports in the country," the minister said.

Kenya Football Federation (KFF) Chairman, Sam Nyamweya called on the government to take advantage of the football structures in the country to propagate the message on drug abuse, HIV/AIDS and other vices affecting youth.

Twelve countries and regions participated in the 2013 CECAFA senior challenge cup in Nairobi. Kenya has won 19 times since the tournament started in 1926.

- Xinhua


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