I’ll bring Harambee Starlets to the same level with Stars-Gor Semelang’o


Nairobi businessman Gor Semelang’o has outlined empowering female football in Kenya as his key agenda if he wins the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections slated for November 13, 2015.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Semelang’o said his main goal if he wins the election is to prioritise female soccer in the country.

“There are emerging opportunities for women football in Kenya and the world over because football is very competitive; therefore I would encourage and put resources in women football league to ensure they are able to benefit from emerging opportunities.”

Gor Semelang’o added he would invest heavily in the country’s women league to make it more vibrant; consequently opening up opportunities for female players to shine.

“I would also highlight their tournament to make it known. It is right to say most Kenyans don’t know the names of female footballers. I would ensure they get enough media coverage and get sponsorship for them.”

He added: “When we’ll be signing the TV rights, we would also demand that a percentage of the viewership rights goes to the female national team.”

He expressed his desire to look into the welfare of the female footballers in the country saying: “We would get them the best coach, look into their allowances and also involve them in soccer administration at the decision-making levels.”

Despite expressing optimism of clinching the FKF top seat, Gor did not relent from also poking holes in the election rules as he defended his candidature for the FKF top seat in the November 13 elections.

Semelang’o, who has been accused by his critics of using the elections as a launch pad to seek higher political office in future, explained he is running to clean the rot in football.

If he wins, when would Gor say he has accomplished his dream?

“If they achieve the prominence and win trophies, and if they produce professional female footballers who play in some of the prominent international leagues, I will say I have achieved my dream.”

Semelang’o will be up in arms against other front-runners for the top seat including the incumbent Sam Nyamweya, Kariobangi Sharks chairman Nick Mwendwa and former international Sam Shollei.

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