Namwamba Courts Investors To Fund AFCON, World Cup Dreams

Written By Vanessa Kariuki || 

Ababu Namwamba, the chief of youth affairs, sports, and the arts, accompanied by PS Jonathan Mueke, oversaw a roundtable discussion of sports stakeholders this morning in Nairobi.

Reiterating his ambition for the 2030 Plan to get the Harambee Stars to the World Cup, he urged the stakeholders to support the cause of sports revival.

In order to develop sports into a massively profitable industry that employs Kenyan youth, the CS asked the stakeholders in attendance to keep funding Kenyan sports.

He used the occasion to give the audience a brief overview of the Talanta Hela program.

“I want us to develop a partnership that is sustainable. I want us to walk our talented Women to AFCON 2026 and our Men’s team to AFCON 2027. Let us walk this dream together to get our Harambee Stars to the World Cup 2030. This is the main reason we are gathered here this morning,” said Namwamba.

The CS said that he was committed to seeing football Vision 2030 come to fruition.

“I ascribed to Eleanor Roosevelt’s philosophy that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. I believe in this dream and I want you to believe in me,” said the CS.

He assured the stakeholders of the government’s support as they partner to revive sports in the country.

Namwamba added his ministry was committed to promoting the values of transparency, accountability, and integrity. 

” I’m aware that even as you prepare to invest with us, you also want to see transparency, accountability, and proper governance in the mgt. of our sports. I assure you that I have made it clear to all the 69 federations that those values are our bare minimum requirement. Let us do our best so that when we leave office, we can sit back and be happy to see Kenyans enjoy the fruits of the tree we plant today,” he said.

On his part, PS Mueke called for more support from the stakeholders towards creating a pipeline of sports superstars and building up the national team from the grassroots.

“We have the vision to turn our talents into businesses. We are determined to develop our sports from the grassroots. We are on a mission as a ministry to provide all necessary support to turn our talents into great brands and commercialize them to make a career out of them,” said the PS, noting that sports was a huge contributor to our GDP.