Migori Youth tactician Robert Ojienda Coaches has thrown his weight behind Nick Mwendwa, saying he deserves a second term in office as Football Kenya Federation boss.
Speaking on Saturday to Tony Mballa, Ojienda said Mwendwa had done a great job in providing local coaches with a platform to acquire more knowledge in their field by rolling out a host of coaching courses.
“I also support Nick for a second term. l salute him especially in the area of coaches’ education, the first time CAF C course was done in Kenya.”
He joins a growing list of local coaches who have given Mwendwa the green light to seek extension to his stay in office. They include Charles Omondi and Peter Kamau Kasskass.
Ojienda pointed out that during Mwendwa’s tenure, women football had attained great heights with Kenya for the first time making an impression on the international scene.
Asked if he was satisfied with what was going at the grassroots, he answered in the affirmative.
Ojienda noted that the local youth structure was evidently blooming into life, adding that with the right goodwill and support the federation was bound to achieve even more.
“Of course, the youth structure is seen taking shape. l know a lot is still needed but if we support him and work together we will achieve some of our dreams.”
Ojienda commended the federation for placing youth development at the top of its agenda, pointing out that the current world superpowers in the football arena had realized its importance early enough.
“There’s nothing topping the list of priorities than having a great structure for youth football. This is the only remedy that has worked for Mali, South Africa, Burkina Fasso and even our neighbors Uganda and Tanzania. Even in Europe; look at Germany and Holland.”
He said that the sterling performance displayed by the Kenya U15 Boys National Soccer Team was a clear indication that the federation was taking youth development in its strides.
“Our young talents like U15 was given a great exposure when they went to Southampton, and this created mental strength in the young lads.”
He trashed claims that there was favoritism in the selection of national team players, saying that a player had been picked from his side Migori Youth on merit as were the rest.
“One of our boys, Ben Maestro Stanley, was there and we firmly believe that the current composure he currently enjoys as a young boy who is still in high school can be attributed to the trip he made with the team to Eritrea.”
He was impressed that the boy was now able to play well when fielded in the National Super League which had high intensive matches.
“If this can be done frequently, Kenya will have more exposed players able to withstand pressure and will nolonger be seen to be playing second fiddle to European and West African teams.
He expressed optimism in the future of Kenyan leagues, especially now that the three top tier leagues – KPL, NSL and Division One – had begun attracting shirt sponsors.
In regards to how the National Super League was being run, he felt that the organizers’ performance was satisfactory.
“So far l want to say the organizers have tried their best.”