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Coastweek -- Seen [from left] are Sofapaka FC President Elly Kalekwa, FKF President Nick Mwendwa, Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja and Taita Taveta sports CECM Bigvai Mwailemi.

Taita Taveta  Govenor Launch County Football Team

Coastweek -- Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja has officially launched the county football team at the Dawson Mwanyumba Stadium in Wundanyi last weekend.

During the event, Taita Taveta All Stars played a thrilling match with Soy FC from Kakamega County where the teams drew one-all with the home team winning 5-4 on post-match penalties.

During the 90 minutes of play, Azil Halik of Taita Taveta All Stars put the home team ahead in the 26th minute before the visitors equalized through Benedict Namasaka in the 31st minute.

Governor Samboja said that he will collaborate with the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to ensure talents are tapped from the young age.

He challenged the 25-member team to maintain discipline and work hard to achieve success.

Members of the team will be deployed by the county government in a move aimed at encouraging and improving sports talent in the county.

Youth empowerment and sports are among the key agendas in the Samboja government.

“This is just the beginning. As we had promised, we will ensure that we fully support sports because this is one way of creating job opportunities and wealth among our youth,” he said.

The launch was witnessed by FKF President Nick Mwendwa, Kenya under 20 National team coach Stanley Okumbi, Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa, Wundanyi MP Danson Mwashako, Taita Taveta sports CECM Bigvai Mwailemi, Education CECM Daniel Makoko, Infrastructure and Housing CECM Houton Mombo, Livestock and Agriculture CECM Davies Mwangoma and Tourism and cooperative development CECM Gertrude Shuwe among other leaders.

Mwendwa challenged the county government to establish structures that will ensure football talents are tapped from a tender age.

He challenged parents to acquire birth certificates for their children for them to participate in the under 13 national football competitions.

“Last year this county was not allowed to field an Under-13 team in the national competition because the children did not have birth certificates.

“We urge parents to allow and support their children to fully participate in sports,” said the FKF boss.

Mwashako pledged to set aside National Government Constituency Development Funds to support the county U-13 football team.

“I will work with the sports CECM to ensure our under 13 team is formed and supported fully. I will push for more allocation of sports funding in parliament when the supplementary budget is tabled,” he said.



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