Gor Mahia great Sammy ‘Kempes’ Owino reveals plan to raise Kenyan clubs’ financial welfare

FOOTBALL Gor Mahia great Sammy ‘Kempes’ Owino reveals plan to raise Kenyan clubs’ financial welfare

Mark Kinyanjui 08:45 - 31.10.2023

Owino has revealed what he will do to help local clubs get out of financial lulls if elected FKF president next year.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) presidential aspirant Sammy “Kempes” Owino has revealed what he plans to do to correct the rather sorry state of the running of most local football clubs.

Kempes, who played for Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars back in his heyday, has lambasted a lack of proper management as the reason most clubs have struggled to be financially sustainable but also insisted that the federation needs to create a good environment for clubs to thrive.

Speaking to Citizen TV, Kempes, who owns a football academy in the US where he is currently based, said that coming up with proper infrastructure where Premier League footballers can train would be one of his priorities if elected president.

“It all starts with sound management,” Kempes said. “Infrastructure,  that is really important, and I think that is really important,” he added.

“One of the things I have is how do we market the Premier League, how do we hold them accountable, how do we provide training for them (clubs).

“At the end of the day, what needs to happen is that, as a federation, your responsibility is to create an environment for those clubs to thrive, but it is very difficult.

“It’s not in my place (as FKF president) to run Gor Mahia, but what I can do is that I can provide the environment for which clubs flourish.”

Kempes’ 32-acre academy in Texas consists of seven fields and has over 700 trainees, and he has already begun constructing a similar academy in Kenya.

“What we lack currently is infrastructure for the youth to use and take their game to the next level. I will ensure we provide proper training grounds. I have successfully done it in the USA, so what will stop me from applying the same successfully in Kenya?” 

Kenya's top-tier league has in the last years faced a myriad of challenges, chiefly the lack of sponsorship, attributed to its poor management and lack of marketing roadmap.

He also adds that former footballers; both male and female, and the government, must come together to rid the game of poor leadership, corruption, incompetence, and lack of vision.

“We cannot be a country where the top league has no sponsorship, the national team whose coaching staff is always changing, and a playing unit that is not consistent,” he said.

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