Leopards’ Juma backs gov’t suspension of sports activities


This file photo shows Tom Juma, then a Caoch at Administration Police (AP) against Gor ...
This file photo shows Tom Juma, then a Caoch at Administration Police (AP) against Gor Mahia FC during their GOtv shield Cup quarter-finals match at the City Stadium on November 20, 2015. Gor Mahia FC won 3-1. The former AFC Leopards Captain has been appointed interim Head Coach of the club Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

In Summary

  • AFC Leopards football operations manager Tom Juma has backed the Government’s decision to suspend all sporting activities amid a third wave of COVDI-19 infections across the country
  • Juma acknowledged the latest suspension was a huge setback on an industry that has suffered massive revenue shortfalls but added the protection of lives is of more importance

AFC Leopards football operations manager Tom Juma has backed the Government’s decision to suspend all sporting activities amid a third wave of COVDI-19 infections across the country.

Juma acknowledged the latest suspension was a huge setback on an industry that has suffered massive revenue shortfalls but added the protection of lives is of more importance.

“What will we do if people are dying? if that is the only measure that can help things to return to normalcy then we have to oblige. We just have to sacrifice if that is the only way out,” Juma said.

While the return of professional football leagues has been successful around the world with precautions, Juma says case by case scenarios differ while pointing to the difference in health infrastructure.

“Why should we play football when people are losing lives? We can’t compare England to Kenya surely. Those are first world countries while we are just a third world country,” Juma underscored adding, “to them football is culture and is big business.”

His sentiments came barely days after FKF president Nick Mwendwa announced that plans to resume the Kenyan Premier League are underway after talks with the Ministry of Sports

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