Sonko nominates Otieno, Oliech to oversee sports development
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has today nominated former Harambee Stars players Musa Otieno and Dennis Oliech to oversee sports development in the county.
The former internationals, who helped Kenya in different capacities to achieve global recognition, are now part of a ten-member team nominated by Sonko to ensure there is development of talent and sport in Nairobi.
Other members includes, Hashim Kamau, Judith Njagi, Lea Mumo Mate among others
Speaking after he signed the Nairobi City County Sports Management (amendment) Bill 2018 in to law at City Hall, Sonko said he is focused to ensure that youth benefit from their talents.
“This team, which is composed of Kenyans who played in the international games, will help us develop our own sports locally. We believe that they will share with us their great experience and they will be inspirational to our own youth,” said Sonko.
Otieno skippered Harambee Stars during different stages, leading the team to the 2004 African Cup of Nations finals in Tunis, Tunisia, in 2004, while Oliech, who burst into the national limelight during the same period, went on to become Kenya’s best striker in the last two-decades.
Sonko said that developing sports in Nairobi is part of creating job opportunities for the hundreds of thousands of talented youth.
He said infrastructure development is important in sport development hence the move by his government to put up “state-of-the-art stadia” that meet the Fifa standards in Dandora, Ziwani, Woodley, Riruta and Kihumbini.
“Our engineers are already on ground and work in on progress,” said Sonko.
He said after the completion of these stadia, he will lobby to have international sporting events hosted in Nairobi.
Nairobi Sports and Education Executive Janet Ouko said in other countries where sports has been taken seriously, majority of the youth have benefited.
“We should emulate what other developed countries are doing. A lot of the youth earn huge amount of money through sports, and we believe we can also achieve that,” said Ouko.
Those present during the function included; Nairobi Speaker Beatrice Elachi, Nairobi Majority Leader Abdi Guy, Chief Whip Chege Mwaura among others.