On 13th July 2014 we marked another era in the World cup history after Germany clinched the most prestigious trophy in the World of football. Football is a team sport that connects people from all races and creed. There are many reasons why Germany won the trophy apart from building their own training facility fully fitted with everything in preparation for the games. This marks an era where adequate preparations and teamwork is required to achieve success and prosperity in any football organizations and should be emulated especially by the African nations.
Back home in Kenya, we are hosting the all Africa University Games 2014 under the banner peace and solidarity in Africa through varsity sports scheduled for 11th July to 18th July 2014. I have been wondering why we don’t make it in most regional tournaments, the time has come when we should start investing in sports for sustainable development and the top of the agenda is having people in leadership who have some history and passion for the game. All sportsperson require empowerment through education because talent alone isn't enough. Through sports many skills are learned on and off the pitch and when it’s combined with well structured education the impact is immense.
In a special way I want to give credits to Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) for recognizing and supporting talented girls in football through awarding them scholarships.
The University's Philosophy is to foster the intellectual, spiritual and physical development of the wholesome individual in order to recognize and utilize the available opportunities for enhancement of human development with the appropriate recognition and respect for other creations
The Mission of the University is: "To contribute to the transformation of our society by providing high quality education that promotes excellence in scholarship, research and selfless service to the community".
In growing our economy, sport for development programs should cut across
all sectors and be given adequate support for the growth of our
nations. There are many other institutions that embrace sports as the
avenues for education, employment, connecting people, peace
building etc. This practice is also seen in the military institutions and
the corporates though the only missing link is how to link it with education and
the community with a more sustainable approach.
I wish all the women footballers all the best in try to make both end meet by using their talent to access the best institutions of learning while they develop their careers.