By Andanje Wakhungu
Members of the County Assembly in Kakamega County have urged young people in the county to take seriously take up sports, as it’s among the top-paying professions in the world currently.
The leaders were addressing students and other sports lovers during the launch of the Manda Shivanga Super Cup, which was organised and sponsored by area MCA David Iraya Kivishi. The county leaders were led by Minority leader David Ndakwa, they sensitised young people to utilise their free time positively by engaging in various sporting activities instead of idling or getting involved in misdemeanours that may end up destroying their lives.
Mr. David Iraya Kivishi, a first-time MCA, has won the hearts of many through his development record. He plans on having at least 4 to 5 young players from his ward join a top soccer club in the country, noting that there is a lot of talent to be tapped at the grassroots level.
“We can identify and support young talents only through organising such sporting activities where those who excel can be assisted to scale higher sporting heights. As leaders, it is our mandate to support them in achieving their dreams. There is a vacuum when searching to absorb fresh and young talents for top soccer clubs and the national football team; it is only through such events that we can scout and identify unique talents. Kenya is well known for producing various talents, including in athletics, soccer, rugby, and other indoor games.”
This is the fifth tournament organised by the MCA and this time round, he included women, youths, and school-going children to showcase their talents in various sporting activities. Mr Kivishi said that through sporting activities, they were keeping the youngsters away from drugs and substance abuse, early teen pregnancies, and other ills. He called on the parents to be on the frontlines in instilling discipline in their children. Chemuche Ward MCA Geoffrey Sikolia also plans to organise a tournament in his ward soon.
The leader of the minority and West Kabras, Mca David Ndakwa, applauded the good work the MCA was doing in his ward and announced that he will also start his own tournament that will see the two wards squaring it out in the finals on December 31, 2023.