Kenya’s President William Ruto has promised to uplift sporting activities across the country.
Speaking during the country’s 59th Jamhuri Day celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium on Monday, December 12, the Head of State revealed that the soccer revival plan is already at an advanced stage.
He said the plans will involve tapping talents from the grassroots to form County teams that will compete in a tournament whose finals will be played on 12th December each year.
“I will champion a grassroots football development program, to invest in youth football. Arrangements are at an advanced stage to launch a Bottom-Up football tournament,
“We will work with our governors for each County to build a team right from the ward level,” the president said.
This he said will help the country come up build a strong team that would compete at the 2030 World Cup tournament.
“We will target Harambee stars playing at the 2030 World Cup and Kenya to host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations. Together let us build Kenyan football from our village, from the grass root to the grand stage in the World cup,” the president said.
According to the plan, players in the Inter-County tournament will be aged below 19 years.
The First in Command said reviving the sports industry will not only scale up the sector but also create millions of job opportunities for talented youths.
“My government recognizes sports and the arts as a major industry that can employ millions of our youth and help grow our economy,” noted President Ruto.
Kivumbi.co.ke understands that since he was sworn in as the Sports Cabinet Secretary, Ababu Namwamba has been pushing for reforms in the sports industry.
Among the reforms, the CS has been pushing include bringing back Kenyan footballers playing for other European countries.