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Footballers group calls for quick sports return

By Charles Thuku
Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 00:00 | < 1 min read
KEFWA chairman James Situma (left) at Ligi Ndogo grounds yesterday. Photo/PD/RODGERS NDEGWA

Kenya Footballers Welfare Association (KEFWA) chairman James Situma has urged the government to push for a speedy resumption of sports.

Situma expressed concern that since the onset of the Covid -19, the sector has been hit the hardest  and urged the state to look for safer ways for continuity of sports.

“While the government should protect all of us from the deadly virus, it must be noted that football is an industry where players cannot work from home.

They must play if they are to put food on their tables,’’ said the former Harambee Stars central midfielder.

Speaking yesterday during a CAF Level D coaching certification programme conducted by Ligi Ndogo in conjunction with Football Kenya Federation, Situma said the disruption of local football leagues has had a dire economic impact on footballers.

He, however, urged the players to continue observing the protocols ordered by the government. 

Situma, who is also the chief head coach of Inspire Sports Academy in Kahawa Sukari, also stated that he is officially retiring from playing to fully concentrate on management.

“Football academy coaching  entails dealing with kids and the certification could not have come at an opportune time when I want to transform them into future superstars.’’

Situma, a diehard Arsenal fan, said he is researching how Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been a success.

“I love the way Guardiola coaches and would wish I can have the same Midas touch.

Obviously, I want to leave a legacy at the academy when my time comes to leave,’’ said Situma.

Over 40 tacticians  received training on Level D coaching which is the entry level set up by the federation.

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