Government must lead in fighting hooliganism


Passions run high at all football matches but it must be controlled

Sometime in November of 2014, FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya took the podium and in front of TV cameras insisted that the government was letting Kenyans down by not helping fight hooliganism.

I am appealing to the government to help set up a special anti-hooliganism police unit, the way it has helped set up other special units to deal with various vices. We have tourist police and military police, we could set a similar one to deal with hooliganism” . The federations and clubs have no capacities to stamp out hooliganism. This is crime that should be dealt with by the government through the police force.

We have been disappointed in the past because police have failed us. Look at the case on Sunday (Gor versus AFC Leopards GOtv Shield final). Police reported to duty late at 11am. The dynamics surrounding hooliganism are complex and it’s only the police who have the powers to arrest and prosecute. The federation doesn’t have the capacity and neither do clubs,” Nyamweya added.

Sports minister Hassan Wario who was at the same meeting was livid. When he took to the podium, a visibly stung and irritated Wario, hit back, blow by blow.

As a government we cannot take rubbish of finger pointing when mistake is on your side (federation and clubs). The government does not throw stones, neither does it uproot chairs in the stadium.“We give you our facilities to use in good state and you destroy it. During the Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards match I saw a Gor fan uproot a chair and hurl it. Is that a failure of the government,” he charged.

“I insist clubs must rein in on their fans. We cannot have cases where fans vandalise and destroy property and then the government is to blame.“We cannot have a special unit to deal with hooliganism. It is not there in France, neither is it there in Germany.

Change of tune

Happily for Kenyan fans, the government seems to have come around to the idea that only they can address hooliganism. Neither the clubs nor the federation has the capacity to deal with hooligans. Only the government can. Even the President has agreed that the government is best placed to deal with the menace of hooligans. However of January 2015, no measures have been taken by the government. Not even a plan has been outlined.  There are a number of steps the government can take:


Hooliganism is not a problem specific to Kenya. It is a worldwide phenomenon

Below are actions the goverment can take

We need better trained Police

Kenya Police are poorly trained and poorly equipped to handle crowd trouble. The only response they can muster is to toss tear gas canisters into the crowd. They toss tear gas canisters at the slightest sign of trouble. Even when there is pushing and shoving amongst a small section of the crowd, they toss tear gas. This only serves to exacerbate the  situation. This is precisely what happened when Gor Mahia played Sofapaka at the end of 2014. There was commotion in one section of the stadium and police responded with tear gas. This caused panic as fans scrambled for the exits. And there were children in the crowd. Some people who were waiting outside the stadium too advantage on the resulting commotion to loot businesses outside the stadium. It seemed as if there were some people who were simply waiting outside the stadium to take advantage of any sign of trouble.

 Arrest Known Perpetrators

In 2015, there was an epidemic of woman stripping in Nairobi and its environs. This promptly ended when public arrests were made and harsh sentences were leveled against the perpetrators. Hooliganism is no different. There are pictures and videos of fans committing acts of hooliganism. It should be very easy to identify and arrest them. If you start arresting hooligans, then other hooligans will realize that impunity does not apply to hooliganism.

Install CCTV Cameras in stadia to identify hooligans.

The amount of money generated by both City stadium and Nyayo stadium is enough to install CCTV cameras. The safari sevens along generates upwards of Ksh 20 million of which 20% goes to the stadium managers.

This money can be used to install CCTV cameras which can be used to identify hooligans. Once hooligans are identified they can either be arrested or banned from stadia. The only reason CCTV cameras have not been installed is due to misappropriation of funds that are generated by stadia.


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Boma Ngai, na boma yo to bomana by Madilu System & TPOK Jazz (Lyrics and Translation)

This classic song composed by Madilu System was released in 1986. It was his second major hit after he joined TPOK Jazz. His first one was Pesa Position. Madilu had joined TPOK Jazz in the early 1980s and he first came to fame by singing duets with Franco. It was these songs that cemented his position as a good composer in addition to being an excellent vocalist. The song also features vocals from two excellent singers, Malage De Lugendo and Djo Mpoy.

The song title literally means, if you kill me, I will kill you, we will kill each other

Part 2

Chorus

Madilu’s first vocal solo

Malage De Lugendo’s Vocal Solo

Djo Mpoy’s Vocal Solo

Madilu’s last vocal solo

 


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Rugby fans remember Fidel Odinga


A moment of silence for Fidel Odinga was held prior to the match between Homeboyz and Harlequins

 

Fidel Odinga, the son of Kenyan opposition leader and peoples rights fighter Raila Odinga passed away on January 4 2015.

Fidel Odinga kept a low profile relative to his father and grandfather who was Kenya’s first Vice President and first ever opposition leader. Fidel was however an avid rugby fan.

In 2014, he became Chairman and patron of Kisumu RFC. He took over at a time when Kisumu were having difficulty surviving. They often forfeited matches because many players did not show up for matches. Fidel Odinga took over in April of 2014.

Mwangi Muthee who recently resigned as the chairman of the Kenya Rugby Football Union eulogized Fidel

“In just half of the current season, Kisumu RFC led in the second-tier division, virtually guaranteeing itself a place in the play-offs for promotion back to the Kenya Cup,” said Muthee.

Muthee noted that Odinga passed away on the weekend, his team, Kisumu RFC was in a residential camp where he had put the players to prepare for the resumption of the league this Saturday.

“Fidel had become my friend whom I admired for the commitment to support rugby in one of the high-potential regions in our country, Kisumu, in particular and Nyanza and Western in general,” Muthee explained, adding that he was effective in stabilising the game, bringing in freshness and boosting morale.

“Because it is such a huge loss to us, it is easy to fathom the depth of sorrow experienced by his family. In the hours after Fidel’s demise, we have witnessed the deep love of his father, Raila Odinga, his mother Ida, his siblings, wife and young son,” added Muthee.


Nondies RFC also observed a moment of silence in honour of Fidel Odinga

Kisumu RFC official Paul Okong’o also commended Fidel as committed to seeing the team back to the top flight league next season.
Another official  Gabriel Amollo said  “Fidel agreed to pay for most of the club’s activities,” He also mediated between wrangling officials and was later elected chairman. The club was to host last year’s annual Safaricom Dala sevens amidst the wrangles and Amollo said they would have failed to honour the tourney had Fidel not assisted them.

According to Amollo, Fidel had also wanted to buy a bus for the club to help players’ and managers attend tournaments. Amollo added that Fidel was also considering seeking grounds for the club, either at the historical Kirembe along the Kisumu-Busia Road or at Mamboleo showground.

Fidel whose full name is Fidel Makarios Castro Odhiambo Odinga was laid to rest on Saturday January 10, 2015. On that day, all KRFU matches stopped for a moment of silence to remember Fidel Odinga. May his soul rest in peace.

 

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Moses Mosop breaks Samuel Wanjiru’s area record


Moses Mosop on the podium after the 2015 Xiamen marathon

Moses Mosop won the Xiamen marathon in China. It was a tightly contested race in which Mosop broke away from Ethiopia’s Tilahun Regassa in the last few stages. In the process of clocking 2:06:19 he took more than a minute off the course record set in 2013 by Ethiopia’s Getachew Terfa Negari.

Sammy Wanjiru’s area record

Prior to today, the fastest marathon ever run in China was by the late legend Sammy Wanjiru when he clocked 2:06:32 to win the 2008 Olympic gold medal.  Mosop has now shaved 13 seconds off that record.

Mosop Back on Track

Mosop who was born on July 7 1985 was previously known for his exploits on the track and the grass. He won the bronze medal at the 2005 world championships in the 10,000m and the silver medal at the 2007 world cross country championships.

In 2011, he made a promising start to his marathon-running career, clocking 2:03:06 on Boston’s record-ineligible course on his debut at the distance. He then won the Chicago Marathon with a course record of 2:05:37 later that year.

Recently he has struggled to recapture that form. He finished eighth at the 2013 Chicago Marathon and a distant 12th in Prague last May, clocking 2:20:37.

Wake Up Call

In 2013 the International Athletics Consultancy (IAC) decided to cease being the sports management service provider for him due to what they termed lack of commitment.

IAC Director, Mr. Zane Branson said at the time:

“I have no doubt that Moses can still compete with the best our sport has to offer, only if this was his priority. With the privilege of having Renato as his long-time coach it is very unfortunate that Moses has shown disappointing lack of commitment to his training and professional conduct.

This must have been a wake up call for Mosop as he appears to be headed back in the right direction.

 

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Kenneth Otieno voted MVP of Wesmen classic


Guard Kenneth Otieno is having a stellar year playing for the University of Alberta Golden Bears. On Tuesday December 30, he led the Alberta Golden Bears won their fourth Wesmen Classic University Championship with a thrilling 64-62 victory over the Winnipeg Wesmen Tuesday night at the Duckworth Centre in Winnipeg.

Otieno, who was the Tournament MVP led the Golden Bears with a game high 30 points. After the tournament, Golden Bears head coach Barnaby Craddock was effusive in his praise. “Otieno was unbelievable, a fifth-year guy who stood on his head, really,”

The Wesmen classic is an annual tournament that has been played since 1967. It has junior and senior categories. It is the longest running university tournament in Canada. It had been 12 years since the Alberta Golden Bears won this tournament. The 2014 edition brought together other college teams like the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba.

About Kenneth Otieno

Otieno is a 6’3″ shooting guard. His hometown is Lethbridge Alberta. He is a student studying Science at the University.

Last season he averaged 19.3 points per game while making an incredible 50.8% of his feild goal attempts. He shot 37.8% from the three point line and 80.4% from the free throw line. he averaged 5.9 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game.
This season he is averaging 12.9 ppg,  47.1% from the field,  39.4% from the three point line.

Kenneth Otieno Highlights


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Mwangi Muthee leaves very big shoes to fill


Scenes like these could become rarer if KRFU are not judicious about voting the next chairman

Replacing Mwangi Muthee will not be easy. It can be legitimately said that the Mwangi Muthee era has been the best era in Kenya rugby. It is the era when Kenya rugby came very close to fulfilling its potential.

Prior to the arrival of Muthee, there was a general malaise in Kenya rugby. The sport seemed like it was stuck in first gear. The sport had been in existence in Kenya since the 1930s. It had made progress but the progress stopped in the 1970s and Kenya was now stuck in one gear. To make this point, Uganda rugby had been dead. They only started playing rugby again in 1995. Yet within short order they were good enough to beat Kenya on a regular basis.

The Kenya sevens team had always shown plenty of potential and flashes of brilliance. But they remained rooted to the floor, even occasionally losing to Uganda. Sponsorship for rugby activities had been scarce. Beating a team like Namibia when they had their full complement of players was deemed impossible. None of this seemed to bother the previous KRFU board led by Richard Omwela. They simply accepted the status quo. Omwela rarely ever addressed the public.

Mwangi Muthee changed things dramatically. Since his arrival, rugby has become awash in sponsorship to the point that sevens players can draw professional salaries. The fifteen a side team played in the Vodacom cup for the first time ever and came to the brink of qualifying for the rugby world cup. Under Mwangi Muthee, Kenya has become too strong for Uganda be it in the women’s game, the senior men’s game or the sevens game. We no longer have to hear trash talking from the Ugandans who celebrate any win over Kenya like they have won the world cup.

However Muthee has now been forced out by infighting and vested interests. The KRFU board has been racked by accusations of corruption and financial impropriety. They have rejected attempts to conduct a forensic audit of their accounts. This is the kind of behaviour that will drive sponsors away.

The general malaise that characterized the pre Muthee era had become a distant memory. With Muthee gone there is a danger that we may return to that era. Not much is known about interim Chairman Gabriel Ouko other than the fact that he is a former player of the Kenya sevens team. It is incumbent on those voting for the next chairman to be judicious when it comes to choosing whom to vote for. The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) is stuck in a quagmire because voters have put vested interests ahead of what is good for the game. Do not let rugby fall into the same morass.

 

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Kenya rugby review for 2014

The year 2014 will be remembered as the year when for the first time ever, Kenya came very close to the fifteens rugby world cup. It will also be remembered as the year in which infighting caused chairman Mwangi Muthee and sevens coach Paul Treu to resign.

2014 Elgon Cup


Kenya Ladies proved too strong for Uganda

Kenya swept all three categories of the Elgon cup over neighbours and arch rivals Uganda.

Kenya’s U-19s beat their Ugandan counterparts 27-12 on the day to claim a 37-27 aggregate win, having lost the first leg 10-15 in Kampala last weekend.

The Kenya Lionessess were too powerful for the Uganda Lady Cranes beating them 39-10 at home for a 72-25 aggregate win that saw them reclaim the title.

And in a sign of how far ahead of Uganda Kenya is, the men’s category featured a second string side named Kenya A who also won the Elgon cup. Trailing 14-21 from last week’s first leg in Kampala, Kenya A romped to a 34-0 shut out of Uganda that saw them win the Elgon Cup 48-21 on aggregate.

Vodacom Cup

Thanks to a lucrative sponsorship from East Africa Breweries, Kenya played in South Africa’s second tier provincial competition, the Vodacom cup. Known as the Tusker Simbas, Kenya finished 7th out of 8 teams in their group with one win

Read the full report of Kenya at the 2014 Vodacom cup

2015 RWC Qualifiers

After having won the 2013 Africa Cup, Kenya were poised to qualify for the rugby world cup for the first time. Kenya had started on a bright note, beating Namibia 29-22. It marked the first time that Kenya had beaten Namibia away from Nairobi. Against madagascar in the second match, Kenya rested most of the players who had beaten Namibia but still beat hosts Madagascar 34-0. Kenya had never beaten Madagascar before. However Kenya choked in their last match, losing 28-10 to Zimbabwe.

Paul Treu Resigns as national sevens team coach

South African coach Paul Treu had joined Kenya in December 2013 as coach following the resignation of Briton Mike Friday. Prior to becoming Kenya coach, Treu had coached the South African national sevens team for 8 seasons.

Everything looked very promising. Treu was given a contract much larger than Friday’s contract. And he was allowed to bring two assistants on board. However his stint was characterized by very poor performances. KRFU offered patience saying it would take time for the players to adapt to Treu’s system.

After a dismal 2013-2014 season, KRFU decided to review player contracts and change them to make them more performance based. This angered several senior players, some of whom opted out of the team including Collins Injera, Dennis Ombachi, Bill Odhiambo, Michael Wanjala, Horace Otieno and others.

The absence of senior players compounded Kenya’s problems. The 2014-2015 season started poorly for Kenya. Coach Paul Treu soon resigned citing too much interference from the KRFU board. It had been the same reason Mike Friday resigned in 2013. Felix Ochieng, a former player, was appointed as coach to replace Treu. Vuyo Zangqanga was retained as assistant coach.

Mwangi Muthee resigns as KRFU chairman

Mwangi Muthee had been a very successful KRFU chairman after he took over from his predecessor Richard Omwela. However there was constant infighting within the KRFU board. In particular Philip Jalango was a constant pain in Muthee’s neck. There were also accusations of financial impropriety. Clubs wanted KRFU accounts audited while the board resisted. In the end Muthee resigned citing constant frustrations from other board members, much to the shock of the rugby fraternity and sponsors.
In his resignation letter, Muthee accused some KRU board members of derailing his agenda of driving the game further, adding their integrity “was not beyond reproach, threatening to bring the game into disrepute”.

According to Muthee, the affairs at the union have been so bad that sponsors have constantly raised questions about some board members’ involvement in grave issues of conflict of interest in the supplying of kit to the KRU and rugby fraternity. While singling out questionable procurement of airline tickets worth tens of millions of shillings, Muthee also questioned hotel accommodation contracts and many other inflated bills that he said were done outside established KRFU channels.

Former player and current treasurer Gabriel Ouko was appointed as chairman on an interim basis.

 


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Kenya Football Photo Gallery 2014


Harambee stars line up before the preliminary AFCON 2015 qualifier against Comoros. Kenya won 1-0 Front Row: David Owino, Aboud Omar, Wilson Obungu, Ayub Masika, Victor Wanyama Back Row: Allan Wanga, Johana Omollo, David Ochieng, Lawrence Olum, Jamal Mohamed, Dennis Oliech

 


Johanna Omollo scored Kenya’s winner over Comoros with a brilliant long range bomb


 


Kenya line-up before the return leg against Comoros. They tied 1-1 courtesy of a free-kick from Ayub Masika Front Row: Francis Kahata, James Situma, Ayub Masika, Aboud Omar, MacDonald Mariga Back Row: David Owino, Lawrence Olum, Johana Omolo, Edwin Lavatsa, David Ochieng, Arnold Origi


 


Ayub Timbe Masika scored Kenya’s equalizer with a superb free-kick away to Comoros in Moroni


 


Dennis Oliech was in action as Kenya beat Comoros 1-0. They then tied Comoros 1-1 away to advance


 


Having lost 0-1 away, Harambee stars needed to beat Lesotho by two goals in Nairobi. They came up short drawing 0-0, perhaps the worst loss in Kenya’s history Front Row: Dennis Oliech, David Owino, Wilson Obungu, Francis Kahata, Victor Wanyama Back Row: MacDonald Mariga, Peter Opiyo, Lawrence Olum, Aboud Omar, Edwin Lavatsa, David Ochieng


 


Allan Wanga try as he may was unable to unlock the solid Comoros defence. Luckily for Kenya, Omollo found the net with a long range effort


 


Allan Wanga, came on as a sub for Lavatsa but try as he may, could not unlock the solid Lesotho defence as the game ended 0-0 eliminating Kenya 0-1 on aggregate


 


Coach Adel Amrouche is speechless after Kenya drew 0-0 with Lesotho and were thus eliminated. Amrouche was then fired by FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya


 


After Amrouche was fired, he met with his succesor Bobby Williamson (left) and FKF Chairman Sam Nyamweya

 


Kakamega high school continued their strong tradition by winning the 2014 secondary schools championships


 


Butere girls won the 2014 secondary schools championships for girls. Their first ever


 


The women’s league went on virtually in the background and with little support from FKF. This is Thika Queens vs Speedag


 


Gor Mahia celebrate after winning the 2014 Kenya Premier League


 


Sofapaka celebrate after winning the 2014 GoTV shield


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The best and worst sports associations in Kenya (2014)

This article uses a KCSE style grading system to review the performance of the major Kenya sports associations in 2014. Points are awarded according to the table below:

Grading Scale
Participation / Hosting and Performance in international competitions 10 points
Web and Social Media presence 10 Points
Marketing, promotions and grassroots presence 10 points
Transparency 10 points
Youth development and Participation 10 points
Public Relations 10 Points
Gender Equity 10 Points
Other Miscellaneous 30 Points

Athletics Kenya

AK gets 10 points for participation and hosting because Kenya did well in the 2014 Commonwealth games and the African championships and AK successfully bid to host the 2017 world youth championships. Kenya finished a creditable second place at the 2014 world relay championships. Kenyan sprinters had a semi-decent performance at the African championships though they flopped at the Commonwealth games.

AK does well in social media presence because their social media pages usually updated with the latest news. The AK website is professionally constructed and up to date. A further improvement would be to provide full results of each meet including the times clocked by each runner

As with all other transparency is non-existent at AK. 2014 has been a public relations nightmare for AK amid accusations of lack of transparency, incompetency and their inability to address the doping menace adequately.

AK scores well in youth programs and youth development because in 2014, Kenya finished second in the IAAF junior championships. However nothing has been done to scout and mould athletes for field events and short distances.

AK continues to score well in gender equity because both senior teams and youth teams are adequately represented with women who have almost the same opportunities as men. In fact the women are now starting to outperform the men

Athletics Kenya
Participation / Hosting and Performance in international competitions 9 points
Web presence and Social Media presence 9 Points
Marketing, promotions and grassroots presence 5 points
Transparency 1 points
Youth development and Participation 8 points
Gender Equity 10 Points
Public Relations 2 Points
Other Miscellaneous 15 Points
Total Score 59
Grade C+

 

Kenya Rugby Football Union

KRFU scores highly in participation in international tournaments. In 2014, Kenya’s 15 a side team played in the African championships and came very close to qualifying for the world cup. They also participated in South Africa’s Vodacom cup. And as usual, Kenya played in the IRB sevens. And here is where KRFU loses points because Kenya’s performance

KRFU also scores highly in web presence and social media. All their social media outlets, facebook, twitter et al and their website are all regularly updated. KRFU is the association with the most sponsors in Kenya which means they are doing very well in marketing.

KRFU has continued to do well in grassroots outreach. Whereas the sport used to be concetrated in Nairobi, there are now teams all over the country and regional leagues in the former Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley provinces.

When it comes to transparency, KRFU has taken a significant hit in 2014 with many of their top officials including chairman who recently resigned.

In terms of gender equity, KRFU does adequately but not well. The Kenya women’s sevens team participates in a number of tournaments including the Dubai sevens and the womens team won the 2014 Elgon cup over arch rivals Uganda.

KRFU continues to participate and perform well in youth tournaments. In 2014, Kenya finished second in the Africa U-19 rugby tournament, including a notable win over Zimbabwe in the semis. Zimbabwe usually has very strong youth teams thanks to their excellent schools rugby systems.

2014 was a public relations nightmare for KRFU. Among other things, coach  Paul Treu resigned citing interference from the board. The sevens team performed poorly. And the KRFU seemed in total disarray.

 

KRFU
Participation / Hosting and Performance in international competitions 7 points
Web presence and Social Media presence 9 Points
Marketing, promotions and grassroots presence 7 points
Transparency 1 points
Youth development and Participation 8 points
Gender Equity 7 Points
Public Relations 5 Points
Other Miscellaneous 15 Points
Total Score 59
Grade C+

 

Football Kenya Federation

FKF does poorly in participation, performance and hosting. For the umpteenth time, Kenya failed to qualify for the Africa cup of nations. Elimination by lowly Lesotho was especially appalling.

At present the FKF website is non-functional while their social media pages have not been updated since 2011.

FKF does a poor job of marketing the sport or promoting it at the grassroots. In fact FKF greed has caused the demise of popular grassroots tournaments like Sakata ball.

As with other associations, transparency is non-existent at FKF. Youth development is as good as dead and Kenya withdrew from virtually all youth tournaments. Vice Chairman Robert Asembo recently said in a TV interview that youth development is not a priority for his organization. It comes as no shock therefore that Kenya will continue to be perennial losers.

FKFs record in gender equity is appalling. The Kenya women’s national team is dormant as are all the youth teams. FKF does literally nothing to promote women’s football.

FKFs public relations is poor due to their constant fighting with other parties. In 2014, they picked a fight with the KPL over whom should run the national league. Due to poor public relations. FKF is unable to get sponsorships, which is why they keep having to withdraw teams from international competitions.

 

FKF
Participation / Hosting and Performance in international competitions 2 points
Web presence and Social Media presence 2 Points
Marketing, promotions and grassroots presence 2 points
Transparency 1 points
Youth development and Participation 2 points
Gender Equity 2
Public Relations 2 Points
Other Miscellaneous 10 Points
Total Score 21
Grade E

Kenya Basketball Federation

The KBF performed poorly in participation and performance. 2014 was the year when KBF incompetence saw Kenya miss out on an opportunity to qualify for the Africa basketball championships as both men and women’s teams lost to well prepared Ugandan sides. Kenya’s preparations were poor as usual.

KBFs does have social media pages but they are not updated as often as KRFU and AK. As we speak, it has not been updated in 2 months.

KBF does very little to promote the game at grassroots level. Though the game is more popular, KBF has done nothing to promote the game countrywide and provide playing facilities.

Kenya lost to their Ugandan counterparts at youth level. And they lost heavily. It had become common place to lose to Rwanda at basketball. Kenya is now being pummeled by Uganda. Youth development is dead and is mostly left to the schools, most of which do not have qualified coaches.

In terms of gender equity , KBF does well. In fact the women’s team always does better than the men’s team and 2014 was no different. KBF does very poorly in public relations because they do absolutely nothing to promote the game.

KBF
Participation / Hosting and Performance in international competitions 4 points
Web presence and Social Media presence 4 Points
Marketing, promotions and grassroots presence 2 points
Transparency 1 points
Youth development and Participation 2 points
Gender Equity 7 points
Public Relations 2 Points
Other Miscellaneous 10 Points
Total Score 32
Grade D-

Kenya Volleyball Federation

In terms of participation and performance Kenya volleyball can be classed as moderate. The Kenya women’s volleyball team missed out on the world championships. But they did participate in the world grand prix. They recorded surprise wins over Australia and Mexico and another win over arch rivals Algeria. It was a creditable performance especially since Algeria has of late been a tough nut to crack for the Kenyan ladies. They showed signs of going back to the form that saw them dominate the African scene for many years.

The KVF does an excellent job of maintaining their social media pages with the latest information on the league, match results and all KVF related activities. They score highly in this area because fans have a place to get the latest information.

KVF also scores highly in grassroots presence because they make it a point to organize tournaments and matches throughout the country. They can do even better if they take volleyball to various neighbourhoods within the City of Nairobi and other large towns.

In terms of youth development, KVF did enter a team in the 2014 Africa youth games where they finished second to Egypt. But the mark of an excellent youth programs is not just results. It is the calibre of players produced by youth schemes. And Kenya is still not producing any world class players from their youth programs.

Gender equity is one area KVF always does well. In fact the women’s team always performs better than the men’s teams and 2014 was no different.

Two Kenyan teams participated in the mens African club championships, GSU and Prisons. They finished 12th and 10th respectively, a stark contrast to past years when they were in the medal contention.

The Kenya women’s vollyeball team did indeed secure a lucrative sponsorship in 2014. This earns the KVF points in public relations.

KVF
Participation / Hosting and Performance in international competitions 7 points
Web presence and Social Media presence 9 Points
Marketing, promotions and grassroots presence 7 points
Transparency 1 points
Youth development and Participation 6 points
Gender Equity 8 points
Public Relations 6 Points
Other Miscellaneous 15 Points
Total Score 59
Grade C+

Boxing Association of Kenya

Kenya’s performance at the 2014 Commonwealth games was way below par. A bronze medal by Ben Njagiru was all Kenya could muster. As a result they finished 13th overall, behind Namibia, Nigeria and Uganda and tied with Ghana and Mozambique. This is a far cry from the 1980s and 1990s when Kenya were not just African champions but also commonwealth games champions. Our boxing officials have yet to come to terms with modern boxing. The performance of the women’s team was worse.

BAK has a social media page that has not been updated for months and their website was shut down for lack of payment. BAK does rather poorly in promoting, marketing and selling their events to the public or even to the grassroots , in neighbourhoods around the city where the sport has a chance to thrive.

BAK does earn some points for gender equity because the women’s team did participate in the Commonwealth games. There is nothing going on as far as youth development and very little in terms of public relations.

BAK
Participation / Hosting and Performance in international competitions 3 points
Web presence and Social Media presence 4 Points
Marketing, promotions and grassroots presence 4 points
Transparency 1 points
Youth development and Participation 3 points
Gender Equity 5 points
Public Relations 3 Points
Other Miscellaneous 10 Points
Total Score 33
Grade D-

Ministry of Sports

The ministry of sport has done little to nothing to enhance the performance of sports teams. Basketball, rugby and football teams performed shoddily in 2014 and the ministry has done nothing to provide remedial measures.

The ministry has a website but it is static and contains very little information on the ministries achievements and activities.

In youth development, the ministry has started the national sports academy but it will not be functional until 2017. The NYTA which is their flagship youth program has yet to bear fruits in terms of producing international calibre players. Also an NYTA program that is based in Garissa is a waste of money since that region hardly produces sportsmen.

Kenyan football clubs are having acute difficulty participating in international tournaments like the Africa champions cup due to the huge financial obligations. There is no help coming from the ministry.

The ministry could also do more to make associations accountable. If FIFA forbids government intervention then why not invite FIFA for dialog.

The ministry has also done nothing to help promote local clubs and local teams. Hooliganism has been a significant problem in Kenya football today. The clubs do not have the capacity to deal with the menace any more than the general public can reduce crime. This task belongs to the government. Yet the ministry of sports has done nothing to help address the menace. In fact they have blamed the very clubs that literally have no control over their fans once they leave the stadium.

 

Ministry of Sports
Participation / Hosting and Performance in international competitions 5 points
Web presence and Social Media presence 4 Points
Marketing, promotions and grassroots presence 4 points
Transparency 1 points
Youth development and Participation 4 points
Gender Equity 5 points
Public Relations 3 Points
Other Miscellaneous 10 Points
Total Score 36
Grade D

Overall Standings

In general, all the associations have taken a step back since 2013.

Athletics Kenya C+
Kenya Volleyball Federation C+
Kenya Rugby Football Union C+
Ministry of Sports D
Boxing Association of Kenya D-
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Marion Jones went to prison, so should Kenyan athletes

On March 8, 2008, a tearful Marion Jones was carted off to prison to start a 6 month sentence for lying to investigators about her use of performance enhancing drugs. She had been arguably the most popular athlete. When she was busted for doping, it had a devastating effect on the sport. Many fans in the USA lost faith in the sport as it has now become synonymous with cheating.

In sentencing Jones, the judge noted the effect that Marion Jones doping had on society. noted that “athletes in society … serve as role models to children around the world. When there is a widespread level of cheating, it sends all the wrong messages.”

This applies in Kenya as well except that the effect of doping is more magnified. When an athlete the calibre of Rita Jeptoo is busted for doping, it has a chilling effect on the fortunes of other Kenyan athletes. Suddenly doubts creep up as to whether other Kenyans are clean. The mystique that Kenyan runners have will soon start to fade. Whereas Kenyan runners are a required staple in every road race, soon race organizers will feel less obligated to invite Kenyans. Thus what has been a lucrative opportunity for Kenyan runners will disappear.

This is bad in a country where the youth unemployment rate is close to 50%, the government’s fake statistics notwithstanding.  And keep in mind that these athletes are often feeding extended families and paying school fees for multiple relatives with their earnings. It is therefore apparent that athletes who are using performance enhancing drugs are putting the livelihood of their fellow runners in jeopardy. And they are ruining one of the few things that gives Kenyans a sense of national pride.  This is especially true for prominent athletes.

It is therefore imperative that the Kenyan authorities get to the bottom of the doping mess that is plaguing the Kenyan athletics scene. Investigate who provided the drugs, which agents encourages them to cheat and which other parties are involved. Obtaining drugs like EPO without a prescription is likely illegal even with Kenya’s lax laws. Athletes who do not cooperate with the investigations should be sentenced.

Note that this article is not suggesting that all athletes who dope should be thrown in prison. The point of this article is that the athletes should be asked to reveal their sources and other information that can help fight the menace. Those who do not cooperate should be sentenced just like Marion Jones.

It has taken decades to build Kenya’s reputation as a factory for legitimate distance runners. A few bad apples should not be allowed to ruin it
 

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