- Former Harambee Stars striker Patrick Mugata shared his advice with retired footballers to go for management positions in sport saying as he believes the move will positively impact football standards.
Mugata is convinced that the main reason for the stagnation of football in the country is due to poor management by leaders who have divided motives, greed, and political ambitions.
The former defunct Mumias Sugar FC player wants retired footballers to follow the example of Uganda and Ivory Coast as he stated: “When you go to Uganda and Ivory Coast you will realize that football honchos are former players.”
“But here in Kenya things are exactly opposite, leaders who are finding their way in top positions in football have political ambitions and therefore use their offices to steal money allocated to them by FIFA, “he added.
Mugata used this opportunity to reprimand the Kenyan government for not making any effort to any new international stadium. As it stands Kenya has Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani and Nyayo National Stadium which are traced back to the second president’s era.
“Since Kenya got independence up to now how many stadia have been erected so far apart from the only two international stadia which were constructed by Moi?
How comes these regimes that succeeded have not even constructed a single stadium that they can be proud and boast of?” Mugata questioned.
Very few retired footballers have taken leadership positions. AFC Leopards is currently led by former player Dan Shikanda who featured Gor Mahia and Nzoia Sugar is led by Francis Kadenge who also played for AFC Leopards.
Former players are majorly limited by finances thus they keep off top leadership in the Kenyan football arena.
Allan Wanga showed some efforts when he recently announced his ambition for the Football Kenya Federation presidency but has since gone silent on his agenda.