Wrangles in Football Scares away Sponsors; Claims Kalekwa
Sofapaka Football Club President Elly Kalekwa has called on all football stakeholders in Kenya to put their differences aside to develop the game of football.
Kalekwa claims that frequent wrangles has scared off willing sponsors thus causing many clubs to struggle due to lack of funds.
“We all have ideological differences and different opinions ,but we should come together in avoidance of frequent wrangles in Kenyan football as it scares off a number of sponsors who are willingly and ready to support football in the country ,”said Kalekwa.
The club owner was speaking to the press after his side was reinstated to Sportpesa Premier League this season in a ruling by the Sports Dispute Tribunal on Wednesday.
The club was earlier on relegated by FKF due to failure in honoring the club licensing regulations.
Kalekwa has also said that football in Kenya is depended on by many talented footballers and things will even get better if wrangles are stopped.
He says that this will see sponsors emerge to support the sport.
Speaking exclusively to Ghetto radio Sports, the President further commented on Wednesday’s ruling by the Sports Dispute Tribunal that the sport is meant to bring peace and harmony but not to create enmity.
“Football is a sport that brings different people from different backgrounds together in peace and harmony, I would like to say that there is a good relationship between us and the two governing bodies of football in Kenya (FKF and KPL) despite the recent misunderstanding on various issues,” Kalekwa added.
The club’s Chief Executive further added that his side is ready to work with Football Kenya Federation and Kenya Premier League at all costs.
He has called for equity and fairness in club treatment from both football governing bodies in the country adding that his club did not ignore the licensing rules but only needed a little time to meet the requirements.
Sofapaka is currently on thorough preparations before their first league match slated on Sunday against the Nyanza based Sony Sugar.