Kariobangi Sharks chairman Nick Mwendwa wants to bring major reforms in football that will see Harambee Stars attract sponsors if he is elected president of Football Kenya Federation (FKF). Mwendwa says the current state of affairs where the national team has no financial backing from the corporate sector is worrying and needs to change immediately.
“When we get to office, we will brand the team to enable it give value to sponsors and fans,” said Mwendwa. The Kariobangi supremo was speaking when he launched a media campaign to encourage fans to come and watch Sunday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Zambia at Nyayo Stadium.
He donated 20 Harambee Stars replica jerseys and 500 match tickets to be offered in a media promotion where fans will win either of the prizes ahead of the crucial match.
The campaign will be interactive where the media will engage fans in answering trivia questions about the national team and also offering ideas and opinion on how Harambee Stars can qualify for the 2017 continental showpiece as well as the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“During the promotion, we will also engage fans and stakeholders in some of the talk shows in discussing what is ailing the sport and the way forward,” he added. Mwendwa said he has come up with the idea so that Kenyans can be involved in determining the destiny and success of the national team by being part of the initiative.
“I have realised that many Kenyans don’t even know the national team players apart from the professionals who include Dennis Oliech, Victor Wanyama, Arnold Origi and McDonald Mariga, so with this, they will be sensitised and motivated to know and be encouraged to attend matches,” he said.