Government should build more academies to nurture talent: Motego


Government should build more academies to nurture talent: Motego
Sports CS Amina Mohamed pose with Harambee Stars players after a luncheon in River Nile in Cairo, Egypt on July 2, 2019. PHOTO/Sportpicha/Stafford Ondego/Citizen

In Summary

  • Former Kenyan international Henry Motego has urged the government to build more academies in order to facilitate the growth of talent  in the country.
  • Speaking during Mashujaa Day celebrations at  Gusii Stadium in Kisii County, the former Shabana striker said a lot of talent is left untapped  upcountry because they have no places to train in order to nurture their talent.

Former Kenyan international Henry Motego has urged the government to build more academies in order to facilitate the growth of talent  in the country.

Speaking during Mashujaa Day celebrations at  Gusii Stadium in Kisii County, the former Shabana striker said a lot of talent is left untapped  upcountry because they have no places to train in order to nurture their talent.

“There a lot of talent in the villages, most of which ends up being wasted because when they finish high school they have no places to continue training.

When you watch school games you see greater talent than even some players in the Kenyan Premier League, if the government can build sports academies in every county that will be of great importance to the growth of sports in the country because of the high level of competition that will be witnessed,” he said.

Now working as a coach for the Kisii County football team, Motego believes the level of football in the country has dropped compared to the yester-years when he graced the pitch.

“They lack discipline, and that has been brought by the fame they get on TV, radio, newspapers and the internet. Money, lack of discipline, and commitment and fame, is a cocktail of mediocrity in a player’s life that never happened in our days,” he said while remembering the golden years gone by.

Motego is among the 50 people who were honoured by President Kenyatta during the ceremony today.

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