Deputy President William Ruto has said the Government is working on a financing mechanism for sports sector that will avail adequate funds to the sector.
The Deputy President said the move is aimed at supporting the country’s sportsmen and women by ensuing they have everything they need to thrive citing timely payment of allowances and construction of infrastructure.
Speaking at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi where he meet Harambee stars players, Mr Ruto said the Government has released Shs 25 Million to the team to cater for players’ allowances and other expenses ahead of Sunday’s match.
He also promised the team Shs 50 Million if they qualify for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Mr Ruto said: “Even though we are a great sporting nation we have not had a clear funding mechanism for sports in Kenya.”
He added: “But I want to tell you the good news, the Government of Kenya has committed a special fund to ensure that all our sportsmen and women have the requisite infrastructure and the necessary financial support.”
Mr Ruto said the new funding mechanism, that will be used to nurture talents and commercialize sports, will be ready for use in the next one month.
He said: “We are doing this because we want a predictable financing mechanism for our sports because we have a huge potential and great talent that can be used for the growth of our country.”
The Deputy President told the team that within 30 days the Government will buy them a bus that they will be using by within a month.
Harambee starts player Allan wanga expressed confidence that the team will beat Ethiopia on Sunday.
He said: “We will represent our country well and get the job done on Sunday.”
Another player Michael Olunga lauded the Government for allowing Kenyans to come cheer them on Sunday free of charge saying it will motivate the team to perform.
Mr Ruto described the Sunday match as historic adding that the entire country will be behind the national team including national leaders who will come to the stadium.