Kenya not cashing in

NAIROBI - Kenya should gain financially from teams planning to come to the country to acclimatise before proceeding to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup finals.

NAIROBI - Kenya should gain financially from teams planning to come to the country to acclimatise before proceeding to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup finals.

The country is strategically placed to attract teams who want to take advantage of the high altitude and visit world-famous tourist sites ahead of the tournament.

However, due to a lack of adequate international stadiums and never-ending political wrangles, there could be problems.

Football Kenya (FKL) technical director Patrick Naggi said Kenya, a tourist hub in Africa, had shot itself in the foot through its approach at marketing itself and the failure to upgrade its sports facilities to attract teams.

"We have not done enough as a nation. There is too much bickering among the politicians over petty issues," Naggi said.

"Instead of working together to compliment their efforts, they are busy fighting. Our football has also taken the same route. We are all to blame."

The Kenyan government has pumped 30million Kenyan shillings (R3,1million) into the maintenance of the national stadiums, of which there are two - both in Nairobi - of international standard.

Sports Minister Helen Sambili is due to name a high-level committee to explore ways to exploit the World Cup to the country's advantage. - Sapa-AFP

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