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Talanta Hela Football tournament kicks off tomorrow at Mumias sports complex

By Isaac Mutiso, Kakamega

The Western region ‘Talanta Hela’ football tournament for kicks off tomorrow (Friday) in Kakamega County for three consecutive days.

Football teams drawn from Bungoma, Kakamega, Busia and Vihiga counties will all converge at Mumias Sports Complex for the boys’ team while the girls’ team will be at Buka Secondary School for the knock out stages.

For boys’ teams, Busia will play against Vihiga while Bungoma will be taking on Kakamega County on day one of the tournament.

On August 19, (Saturday), Vihiga County will play against Bungoma whereas Busia will play against Bungoma.

Bungoma Sports Cecm Eng. Agnes Wachie and Director Nyajemo after kitting the Bungoma team heading for Talanta Hela tournament

On Sunday (August 20), Bungoma will take Busia County head on while Vihiga will play against Kakamega County.

For the girls’ fixtures, Busia will take on Vihiga whereas Bungoma will play against Kakamega tomorrow (Friday).

On Saturday, Vihiga will play against Bungoma while Busia will be seeking to knock out the girls from Kakamega out of the tournament.

Come Sunday, Bungoma will play against Busia while Vihiga will take on Kakamega County.

The winning teams both boys and girls will proceed to the national finals that will be held at Shimo La Tewa High School and Shanzu Teachers Training College respectively on August 26, this year.

“We agreed on the fixtures and venues on a meeting that was held at Eka hotel- Eldoret yesterday,” said Agnes Wachie, the County Executive Committee Member (Cecm) in charge of Gender, Culture, Youth and Sports.

The county sports minister said the tournament was in line with the vision of Kenya Kwanza government of promoting sporting activities in the country.

President William Ruto’s administration has already recognized sports and performing arts as a mega industry that can employ millions of our youth and help grow our economy.

Ruto seeks to have Kenya play in the 2030 Fifa World Cup, 2027 Fifa Women’s World Cup, 2028 Women Africa Cup of Nations and have and have Kenya to host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations.

Bungoma Sports Cecm Eng. Agnes Wachie and Director Nyajemo after kitting the Bungoma team heading for Talanta Hela tournament

“The President has pledged to rebuild and monetize our sports and creative industry by championing for a grassroots football development program that will see national government work with county governments to invest heavily in youth football,” said Wachie

According to Wachie, the football tournament was timely and ‘a shot in the arm’ that county governments should seize the opportunity and have it actualized.

She said that in Bungoma, Governor Ken Lusaka was in support of Talanta Hela program.

“Governor Lusaka’s administration is determined to monetise talent and give sports its true meaning through talent identification, nurturing and development,” said Wachie, adding that ‘we want to give sports’ a different mindset from what used to happen in the past of seeing sports as a part time activity.

“Our goal is to ensure a seamless and memorable event that not only showcases our country’s strengths but also fosters camaraderie among participants and spectators. I am certain that we cannot fail to achieve this,” said Namwamba

She said Talanta Hela will provide a bigger platform to the youth to showcase their talents and the best will be rewarded, adding that scouts will be all over the county to pick fine talents that will go for trials abroad.

“We must start seeing sports from the point of view of national strategic development in terms of human resources and development and as a county we are committed to see to it that we achieve on this goal in the next five years through laying of the needed foundation,” she said

Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba (waving) with Bungoma Sports CECM Agnes Wachie- Photo/Courtesy

Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba, who was flanked by the Kenya Academy of Sports CEO Dr. Doreen Odhiambo and Sports Kenya DG Pius Metto said he is committed to see the program working.

“Our goal is to ensure a seamless and memorable event that not only showcases our country’s strengths but also fosters camaraderie among participants and spectators. I am certain that we cannot fail to achieve this,” said Namwamba

He assured the CECMs that his Ministry and the Government recognised the significance of working together with the county government to foster sports in Kenya.

“This is an Initiative that I want us to be part and parcel of until the last minute. I believes we can work and work well if we join hands to drive this project,” he added

He rallied the CECMs and County Sports officers to lead the process in their respective counties, towards ensuring that they delivered a memorable event.

“Through this tournament, we look forward to living the spirit of Talanta Hela initiative, to unleash the various diamonds from the roughs. We are going to be deliberate, intentional and structured in the manner we execute this, to ensure that we build careers and sustainable livelihoods through talents,” he said

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