As the European Leagues came to a close with the end of the season games at the Spanish League, most football players are now engaged in various assignments either for their national teams, transfers, or charity while the 'lucky ones' enjoy thier summer holiday (need I add honeymoons too....Gary Neville,John Terry & Steven Gerrard can attest to that).
Well let's stick with matters charity. I noticed a few weeks ago the Chelsea team manager and a few players visited Ghana to inspect projects run by the charity Right To Play. Michal Essien is one of the organisation's ambassadors.They conducted clinics in Tamale and Accra-Ghana. This was part of a 6-year deal signed between the organisation,Right to Play and Chelsea.
Vieira visiting a training centre in Senegal
Patrick Vieira also visited Diambars football academy set up in his place of birth, Senegal. The academy houses 90 Senegalese youngsters from the ages of 13 to 18 years where they are given a chance to develop their skills with the hope of playing in top leagues in Europe.
Closer home, Rio Ferdinand recently visited Uganda for 3 days on invitation from Pro-Line Academy which seeks to raise funds to build a permanent academy for youthful and aspiring football players in Uganda. They will also establish a link with West Ham United(which Ferdinand played for before joining Leeds United and now in Man United). The club has also donated equipment and kits worth 30000 British pounds (around Kshs.3.8 million)as well as a 5-year deal with Nike for supply of Nike products.
Which makes me wonder....are we still alive in football matters in Africa ? Me thinks not ! It couldn't get worse, we were recently bundled out by a relatively new team for the Africa Cup of Nations. Thus the only consolation maybe the non-spectacular CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. Well, let me first take a bow to Musa Otieno for trying to make a glimmer of light at some seriously dark Kenyan football tunnels.
Where is KFF in all this ? No loot here !