Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho said that Kajiado County has the most favourable environment to nurture sports in the country
By Jonathan Teikan
County leaders have lauded the new Maa Football Club (Maa FC) as a timely initiative that will go a long way in uplifting the socio-economic status of the youth in the county and beyond. The leaders pledged to support the initiative to realize its goals and visions. The club was launched on the evening of Mashujaa Day at Nyayo Stadium.
Maa FC Chief Executive Officer Isaac Salat, fondly known as Olopiro, said the club has the vision “to unite the Maa speaking community.” He said that sports hold much promise for the lives of the youth in the county. He called upon leaders and well-wishers to support the dream of the club, “and not to politicize it.”
Speaking during the launch, Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho said that Kajiado County has the most favourable environment to nurture sports in the country, and urged the youth to take advantage of this to improve their lives.
He cited the world renowned Ngong Hills, where many world champion athletes train, and Senet in Loitokitok as some of the facilities that if fully utilized, can see the fortunes of many young people change for the better.
He also noted that Kajiado’s proximity to the capital city of Nairobi — which is well endowed with sports resources — is yet another advantage that the youth can exploit to train and achieve their aspirations in the world of sports.
Salat assured the youth, who formed the majority of the audience during the launch, that the county government will offer the club the necessary support in terms of political leadership, an enabling environment, necessary equipment, and training facilities.
County minister for youth and sports Alvin Kimani, who also graced the function, said the county government has been building the Ngong Stadium, as part of its commitment to support talent among young people. He added that the county government plans to build more stadiums across the county — one every financial year. His department has so far bought uniforms for the football team, and also offered financial support.
“As the county government, we are going to support this course to the hilt. We will be your main sponsors, and we shall also increase the number of fields to facilitate your training,” said the minister.
Kajiado West MP George Sunkuyia also promised to support the club and its fans. “We will continue to hold your hands; we will not let you down.”
A former aspirant for the Kajiado West parliamentary seat, Jacob Gitau, also pledged his support, but cautioned that, “The team should reflect the diversity of the people of Kajiado to avoid unnecessary limitations.”
Other leaders who spoke during the launch included Mosiro Ward representative and vice chairperson of the county assembly committee for youth and sports Peter Tirishe, and nominated MCA Sandra Mario.