Local football teams in Narok County want the county government to empower them to get to the National level.
Mau Rangers team captain Oscar Saruni said despite many young people having the talent in football, they end up giving up quickly because of lack of financial support as they are forced to dig deep into their pockets whenever they are holding a match.
Saruni spoke yesterday at the William Ole Ntimama stadium during a friendly match where his team beat Rokonga FC 1-0. The goal was scored by Runda Loigero in the second half.
The coach said they have been motivating the young people to join sporting activities to keep them busy and evade drug abuse and other immoral activities that would negatively impact their lives.
“Most young people have a talent. We want to encourage them to continue playing to build their talents. We will be holding frequent friendly matches with other teams from this county,” he said.
He lauded the government for the renovation of William Ole Ntimama stadium to international standards saying it was a big motivation to the residents to exercise their sporting talent.
The team coach Gibson Saoli lauded his team for the effort to win but decried lack of financial and moral support from the local leaders.
“Transport is our major challenge; we were forced to hire motorbikes from the Mau area, which is over 50 kilometers to Narok Town, so that we can play in this match. We call upon the county government to support us whenever we have a match so that we can build our talent,” said Saoli.
Rokonga FC captain Laban Ole Dikirr reiterated that the young boys love playing but lack support from the authorities as no leader has shown willingness to hold their hands.
“These games do not only build talent but also promote peace and cohesion in the county. We want to take advantage of the William Ole Ntimama stadium to promote sports,” said Ole Dikirr.