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Achesa promises to clamp down on those derailing sports

Sports cartels be warned. That is the message from newly-appointed Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Achesa Mohammed. While recognising the huge task in his hands, Achesa, who officially took over from his predecessor Hassan Wario yesterday, said the ministry carries the hope of thousands of sports men and women as well as countless others in the dynamic world of culture and heritage and should be safe guarded.

“It has come to my attention that we have this issue of cartel. The cartels are the main disease that ails this ministry. I want to put on notice the cartels and more so public officers who work under my ministry. If you are a Muslim or a Christian better start praying that I don’t catch up with you because it will not be business as usual,” said Achesa.

He added: “As a sportsman, I arrive not as a lone ‘Mr fix-it’ but as a team player who shall readily rely on the spirit of teamwork by appropriately utilising the unique skills and advice from all stakeholders including the officers in the ministry.”

Achesa assumes office at a time when many sporting disciplines are going through financial struggle owing to the exit of betting firm SportPesa while several other federations are entangled in unending wrangles which have contributed to the downfall of the sports sector in the country.

The government had promised to shoulder the financial burden of the said federations but up to now not much has been reaslied and it will now be up to Achesa to see to it that it happens.

He also comes in at a time when the government is yet to deliver its promise of building five new stadiums with only a handful being refurbished while his immediate assignment is ensuring Team Kenya is taken good care of before, during and after the Commonwealth Games, slated for April in Gold Coast, Australia.

The other hot potato on Achesa’s plate is Harambee Stars who are searching for a new coach after Belgian Paul Put put to an end his Kenyan adventure on Monday citing personal reasons.

It is believed Put was put off by Football Kenya Federation’s reluctance to meet his demands top among them having his own back-room staff ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers where they have a tie against Ghana in September.

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