The government has revealed that it will work closely with the Republic of Argentina to help improve the standards of football in the East African country.
Speaking at the welcome for Argentine Ambassador to Kenya Gabriela Martinic, Sports Cabinet Secretary Dr Amina Mohamed said she would work with South American football heavyweights to help Kenya realize his dream of playing the game on the big stage.
“One of the key ways to market Kenya globally is through sports. I had fruitful exchanges with my Argentinian counterpart, who is currently ranked fourth best overall by FIFA in the latest football rankings We exchanged ideas on how we can partner up through exchange programs that would help us learn a thing or two from each other with the aim of helping us grow our game locally. they are also known for rugby and tennis which are also our key areas of interest,” she said
The Argentinians have won the FIFA World Cup twice: in 1978 against the Netherlands and in 1986 against West Germany.
In world football, the names of the late Diego Armando Maradona and Paris-Saint Germain striker Lionel Messi stand out while in tennis, Gabriela Sabatini has won several Grand Slam tournaments and has already reached world number two.
“Diego Maradona instilled the love of football in millions of people around the world, turning the game into a kind of religion. He inspired young people on the pitch. We put our house in order and in no time, Kenya will be up there and I hope we invite them or fly to Buenos Aires for a friendly game I understand they have qualified for Qatar World Cut and play us can be one of their coping mechanisms preparation » added the CS
A third World Cup trophy for Albiceleste and a first for Messi would make for a memorable World Cup as the national idol tries to match the feat of another Argentine icon, Maradona, who carried the team in of his last World Cup triumph in 1986.
After winning the 2021 Copa America and remaining unbeaten in the World Cup qualifying campaign, Lionel Scaloni’s officials are hoping to overtake Poland, Mexico and Saudi Arabia in Group C of the coveted extravaganza of the world soccer.
Harambee Stars, meanwhile, have been consolidated into Group C of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2023 qualifiers despite the indefinite suspension of world football’s governing body, FIFA, for government interference in the football activities in the country.
Kenya will take on five-time winners Cameroon, fellow East Africans Burundi and Namibia.