Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba, who handles the responsibility for the ministry of youth affairs, Sports and Arts in the government of Kenya, recently attended a breakfast meeting with the AFC Leopards SC team and management. The meeting took place on Saturday, May 13, ahead of the Mashemeji Derby. The Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Eliud Owalo, accompanied CS Namwamba to the meeting.
Mashemeji Derby took place on Sunday, May 14, 2023, at the Nyayo National Stadium. Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts is working for the all-round development of the sports. Accordingly, Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba keeps in touch with the country’s sports sector.
Cabinet Secretary Namwamba accordingly applauded the contribution of the various football clubs in the country. The chairman of the AFC Leopards Dan Shikanda observed that without AFC Leopards or Gor Mahia there is no football in Kenya. Talking to the attendants at the breakfast meeting, he thanked them for their support. The Chairman stated that we are delighted that you have found time to come and give morale to our players ahead of this massive derby
The Chairman also talked about the challenges that they are facing. “We have not been able to sign players for the last three windows owing to some challenges on payment of some players. But when the CS came in, he intervened and lift the ban. Accordingly, we will be able to sign players in this transfer window.”
He added that “Kenyan football cannot flourish without @AFCLeopards and Gor mahia. We want to see positive rivalry back in our football. Accordingly, the Cabinet Secretary in the minstry of ICT appealled to the private sector to please put money in these two football clubs.
CS Eliud Owalo stated that “The thrill is the intensity of rivalry. We cannot have a derby if a section of the fans is suppressed. The organizing committee should consider allowing AFC Leopards fans into the stadium so that if there is any sanction, then it should take place after the Derby.”