- Football Kenya Federation (FKF) presidential aspirant Nicholas Musonye has maintained his position that Kenyans do not love football; remind the fans to support their teams by attending matches.
The former regional soccer administrator said if locals have a love for their teams then AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia should not be struggling financially.
“Let me ask, do Kenyans love their football? I have no regret of saying Kenyans do not love football but love drinking alcohol and gossip more. I have no apology to make,” Musonye said.
“If Harambee Stars are playing at Nyayo Stadium and only 15,000 people turn up what is that? Football is people,” he stated
“Look at our AFC Leopards vs Gor Mahia match where it has failed to attract people. Our people have immersed themselves in betting and European football,” he continued.
“For example, if 50,000 of Gor Mahia fans turn up for a single game, that is enough and it means they would not even need another sponsor.
“If Leopards fans come and watch their matches while paying just paying 100 shillings is more than enough for the club.
“But in a Leopards match against Sofapaka, you can only be assured of 300 supporters attending. Others are hiding somewhere, drinking alcohol, betting, and gossiping,” Musonye observed.
He went on to say that he will continue to fight and tell Kenyans it is time to get back to the pitch because they are the best sponsors. Musonye gave an example of how a previous match between Yanga SC and Gor Mahia helped Cecafa pay debts from just the gate collections.
“I can remember a match pitting Yanga and Gor Mahia in the Cecafa tournament in Tanzania in the past where we ended up getting KSh30 million, you can imagine,” added the veteran administrator,” he said.
“I will continue abusing Kenyans, not in a bad way, so as to convince them to get out of the bars and attend matches,” he added.
“After the match, they then can go to the bars and drink.”
He concluded that he has a strategy to bring fans back to the pitch should he be elected as FKF president.