Jalango suggests the disbandment of Kenya Premier League to Sports CS Ababu Nawamba.
In a public social media post, Phelix Odiwuor Khodhe popularly known as “Jalang’o” expressed his disappointment in the Kenya Premier League and advocated for a new regime in Kenyan football.
“So there is this conversation I was having with CS Ababu! There is this proposal about how to make football big again in Kenya! Do you know that Arsenal is the only team in the EPL that doesn’t represent a city, a town or a county? Manchester, Chelsea, Liverpool, Nottingham, Leeds and many more are places, towns and cities!” wrote the MP in a captioned post.
The MP for Lang’ata highlights the scarcity of opportunities for the young and talented and the evident lack of excitement among lovers of football in Kenya.
“When will a boy from Turkana travel to Nyamira? Can you imagine the Cities derby? Nairobi vs Kisumu? Tharaka Nithi vs Meru County? The Miraa Derby! The Muthokoi Derby! Machakos vs Kitui! No governor would want a team to play in a shabby stadium! Which other Derbies are you thinking of?
Let’s have the counties league than lie to ourselves that talent will be scouted when Police Fc play Kakamega Homeboys!” captioned Jalas.
CS for Youth Affairs & Sports; Ababu Namwamba is yet to share his opinion on the matter but just recently also expressed his delight in seeing fans turn up for the Mashemeji Derby at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.
“It warms my heart to see fans back in droves to enjoy live football in our stadia. INGWE & KOGALO fans big up for returning this riveting atmosphere to Mashemeji Derby,” tweeted the CS.
On the matter of KPL popularity in Kenya, Lang’ata Member of Parliament says that only two teams in the entire league seem to cause some excitement among Kenyans today.
“The Gor Mahia AFC battle is the only game in the KPL that attracts crowds and the crowds are dwindling. We cannot sustain it to even pay the players! I bet you cannot even name 10 teams in KPL! Do you know SofaPaka are back in the league?What if we took back the league to the counties?” asks Jalas.
With a total of 19 stadia, Kenyan football is indeed capable of reaching new heights but only with the right hands manning the wheel and the right talent. What do you think? Should we trade in the KPL for an Inter-County League?