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Youth call for speedy completion of Ngong, Kajiado stadiums

In late December, Governor Joseph ole Lenku  gave an assurance that the county had set upplans to ensure that a football artificial carpet is planted at the Ngong and Kajiado stadiums

By Albert Lemomo

Talented youth across all fields are urging the County Government of Kajiado to fast-track the completion of Ngong and Kajiado stadiums fort their use to improve their skills.

According to a Kajiado football official popularly known as Adebayo, most of the youth are hanging their boots early due to existing challenges and end up engaging in drugs and other illegal activities.

“It is discouraging that our leaders have been promising to rehabilitate our stadiums but those promises have only remained on their lips, because now the stadiums are soaked with mud and have no clear marks, no toilets and no changing rooms, yet we now have several tournaments scheduled for this season as a way of keeping the youth busy as well as improving their,” Adebayor told Kajiado Star.

“We have so many local clubs around here in Ngong; every weekend, there must be a tournament or other youth-related activities, including arts, where they come to showcase their talent. Still they get a challenge to market their talent to the sponsors because main events and tourneys cannot be held here. We would like the county government to finalize the renovations and all the works so that even Kenyan Premier League matches can be held here and the talent of our children seen by many. That would be their turning point,” said Alex Mwangi, a champion of youth rights.

Joseph Moreno, who regularly organizes football  tournaments, underscored the importance of harnessing youth talent.“Most of our players are from an informal settlement neighbourhood known as Majengo, where they face many challenges. That is why as youth, we saw the need to start a league and tournaments over the holidays to keep them busy during their free time. It is sad that some of the boys and girls have gone back to peddling and abusing drugs, chewing khat, and engaging in promiscuity because their hopes have been dashed.”

In late December, while on tour of Kajiado town, Governor Joseph ole Lenku gave an assurance that the county had set up plans to ensure that a football artificial carpet is planted at the Ngong and Kajiado stadiums.“I am certain that by July 2020, we will have equipped our two stadiums in Ngong and Kajiado with artificial carpetslike those of Manchester and oversees, so that our youth can also train and excel in the different disciplines of sports.”

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