- Former Harambee Stars defender Richard “Madez” Madegwa feels Kenya’s football troubles are far from over, it was time Kenya rebooted the whole football structure to cut off the mindset of years gone.
Madegwa said that the country’s problems are self-inflicted. He added that the national team selection must be on merit and managed as a business.
“As it is, the national team is the preserve of a few. Nothing has changed since our days where players from the so-called small teams, however good they were or are, would not be considered for call up,” Madegwa charged.
He recalls his time when he was playing for Nyeri Stima, a remote team as such could not be selected at the national team but until he resigns and joined AFC Leopards that he got the chance to be considered for Harambee Stars.
He acknowledges the fact that players have expressed their dissatisfaction. He feels the move by the Stars captain to reveal on Football Kenya Federation (FKF) taking Sh12 million shillings from the Sh50 million further exposes the ills in the Kenyan game.
“It was illegal and morally wrong for the federation to withhold part of the money for their administrative use because everyone one knows the Sh50 million was a reward from the government to the players for their qualification to AFCON,” Madegwa observed.
He went on to recall how players bribed their way into the national team.
“Some years back, some players had to bribe the officials for them to play for their country. Many players have in the past purchased their tickets which unfortunately they were not reimbursed. Musa Otieno is one such victim, but as a captain there was nothing he could do,” Madegwa recalls.
He blasted the federation for boasting to have taken Harambee Stars back to the AFCON finals after a 15-year hiatus at the expense of coaching education. He said that the reason we are lagging is that we have not invested in coaching education.
He added that the people in football management don’t have players and the game at heart.
“We are forced to hire foreign coaches who come with a new mentality and even before they execute their ideas, their assistants (mostly local coaches) sabotage them due to lack of proper coaching education,” he concluded.