Former Harambee stars player and a football legendary Peter Dao has called on the county government leaders to support local coaches who would improve the standards of sporting activities in Kenya.
He said there is need to have local professional coaches supported by the county government saying through that they would tap the talented players in the villages’ up to the international level play.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of the ten day training of the local coaches in Migori County yesterday that was sponsored by the football Kenya Federation (FKF), the football legendary who was also a Gor Mahia player however cautioned that it becomes tedious for the trained coaches to give proper coaching to their players if they fail to get enough support from the county government.
He at the same time proposed the need to have training for the teachers who also coach their players in schools to enhance their professionalism and assist them during the schools’ sports competitions.
“Talents are identified at tender age and if given the opportunity to showcase them then we would have the best players we need to improve the standards of this county in terms of all sporting activities not only in athletics as we’ve witnessed,” Dao said.
On his part the chairman of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Nyanza west region Mr.Tom Ogol said that the two weeks training was to enhance the professionalism in coaching as well as handling football in the local areas.
He however blamed the county government for its laxity in improving the standards of sports saying that it has greatly denied those who have talents especially the youths to identify and advance their talents adding that despite of achieving their livelihood they will be able also to improve the damned standards of sports in the region.
“If the county government would allocate some funds for the sports activities in the region, then we would be having even sports academy centers as well as organizing the ward leagues in a bid to identify talented players when they are still youthful,” said Ogol.
The football Kenya Federation (FKF) awarded certificates to 60 coaches from the region who attended the training that was also graced by Migori county Deputy governor Mwita Muhanga,Migori county sports director Silas Jonyo and the county secretary Christopher Rusana who ensured to support the sports activities in the county.