Chemelil boss Francis Baraza has urged the government to step in and save Kenyan Football from ‘dying’.
Baraza was speaking to Futaa.com where he revealed Kenyan soccer is facing challenges financially especially with main sponsors, betting firms suspended. The government canceled betting firms’ operating licenses throwing the KPL league into a panic of losing their title sponsor Sportpesa yet again.
Last year in January, the Kenyan Sports fraternity suffered a major blow after the KPL sponsors canceled all its local partnerships citing a tax hike but later found their way back in April same year, albeit with limited funding and to only four football entities. And Baraza is worried should government fail to intervene, things could get worse for the Kenyan Premier League clubs.
“We are facing challenges in our Kenyan football and if the government won’t step in then things will be tough for us. By the look of the things, Kenyan football is dying, betting firms and being locked out and such companies are sponsoring clubs like Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards,” he told Futaa.
“Government should step in and make sure those betting firms are given clubs to take care of, otherwise the way am seeing things, football in Kenya could die. I would urge the government to come in and help before things get worse,” he added.
Chemelil, who survived relegation last season will resume training on Monday 29th where the club will hold trials for already identified players.