- Kenya-Uganda-Tanzania to Host AFCON 2027
- Grassroots footballers will not enjoy much
- Fears of corruption loopholes
The announcement that the Pamoja Bid by the 3 east African countries won the bid to host AFCON sent a wave of excitement in the East African Region.
The football tournament not only brings excitement to football lovers, it also means an economic boost to the East African Region.
Transport, hotel and tourism sectors are set to leap big before, during and after the tournament
Impact of hosting Afcon
Ghetto radio sort to find out from a celebrated football coach from Githurai ,what grassroots footballers stand to gain, now that Afcon is coming home,
Changamka host Edgar Ogutu alias Liberator meets up with Jackton Owino , at his workplace in Githurai where he makes soccer balls,
He shares with him, the reason behind his Eco-friendly soccer balls,
’Hizi ninaunda juu ya kukeep environment clean ,huwa naokota materials after wasee wamesort garbage , natumia kumake hizi soccer balls ”’ ‘Says Jackton
The veteran football coach who is currently coaching a ladies football team in Githurai, says there is nothing much to celebrate after yesterday’s huge announcement ,
With an infrastructure uplift expected on major stadiums , he fears that money will be pocketed by some ”Corrupt” individuals
‘’ Kama watu wanaiba pesa ya maji, na maji ni uhai unaexpect stadiums ziundwe bila kua na case ya corruprion’’ laments Owino
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The veteran coach says there is little impact of this huge tournament to grassroots football players,
‘’Hakuna impact mob mtaani , tuseme tu mahoteli ndio zitabenefit, na usisahau hizi mahoteli ziko privately owned ’’
What winning 2027 Afcon bid means
For Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba and Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa, it’s now time for EAC to show the world what they are made of.
“Hosting the tournament of this magnitude together for me, is a big shot in the arm for integration. But it is also an opportunity for us to send a message that we can do things together successfully,” Namwamba said moments after EAC won the bid yesterday.