Former Harambee stars player Simon ‘Sepe’ Mulama has lauded the move by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services to refurbish mini-pitches in the Huruma flats Estate in Mathare constituency.
Speaking to Ghetto Radio news, Sepe says the refurbishment of the mini pitches in the estate will go a long way in harnessing young and raw sports talents.
According to Sepe the five mini pitches will also compliment the eight national stadiums being constructed by the Jubilee government.
“These pitches have produced great talents, including my twin brother Titus Mulama. Keeping children busy here will not only harness their talents but also keep them away from social vices,” said Sepe.
The Jubilee administration made a pledge ahead of the 2013 General Elections promising to develop six stadiums across the country.
And it went ahead to launch several of the projects, but which have now turned into empty promises to the disappointment of sportsmen and women.
Former Matharee United defender Siare Omollo is coordinating the project on behalf of the NMS.
According to Siare, the whole process was pushed by Huruma MCA David Okello.
“The NMS has employed about 68 youths to helping with the face-lifting of the mini-pitches. The fields will not be used for football but also other games like volleyball, handball, boxing,” stated Omollo.
Omollo says that the reconstruction of the pitches is expected to be completed in the next one or two months.
Huruma Flats estate is known for producing several international and local football stars in the country including Sepe and Omollo.
Other players brought from the particular field include, former Gor Mahia Midfielder Innocent Mutiso, George Maina, and Juma Omollo.
The fields were mostly used for MYSA games, tournaments like Betika and Coke. They will also start football academy and target ages from 6 years to 16years both girls and boys.
Sepe the former AFC Leopards player who also played for Egyptian side Ismaily and Kansas City Missouri appreciated the zeal with which Huruma Flats resdients have protected the space from thirsty land grabbers.