The use of football in the propagation of peace amongst communities, has been effectively put to practice in Migori County through the White Fingers Football Initiative.
The project has come around to give individuals aged between ten and 25 years a chance to showcase their talent, most recently taking a group of 32 to Tanzania for a regional tournament.
According to the initiative’s Director Abdi Aziz, their main aim is to equip the players with life to better themselves, their families and the community through soccer for social change and peaceful co-existence.
Among the achievements that the initiative takes pride in is the release of four players to the Under 17 national team.
-In partnership with some secondary schools, the initiative has managed to secure academic sponsorship for talented players but who were financially disadvantaged, reads part of the profile, Aziz told Futaa.com.
-The initiative has also managed to forge a relationship with football academies in national and international, which endears to some young talents, give them formal education and expose them nationally and internationally.
Message to the gov’t
Aziz also steps up to request that the government identifies proper ways of channeling funds to the grassroots, as the current method appears not be working well.
-We know the government has a very good financial programme for sports but these funds do not benefit the people targeted instead goes to the hands of wrong people, so, in this regard were appeal to state agencies to intervene and uplift football standard in Kenya.