Allow me to share my views on the subject of the story, “Is it logical to spend Rwf54m on sending three players to Spain?” (The New Times, September 30).
The article raises quite a number of debatable issues about our national football. Personally, I don’t see what the fuss is all about. Had it been a billion francs, then I would have an issue. Instead, I see it as a step in the right direction. At least they are trying to do something instead of sitting on their bellies.
My concern is rather about the bigger picture.
I am a Pan-African and it hurts me to see that we have to go to Europe when grooming our youngsters. Yet even with that, I don’t see a viable alternative at the moment. Valencia has a good academy. If these youngsters don’t just waste their chance, they will surely come out good.
You also have to realise that in those schools, there is some form of racism or call it nationalism overdose. They will put much attention on Spaniards before they put emphasis on the development of anyone from Rwanda unless he is special talent. This money is a gamble, like casino.
They have invested much in the hope that these kids become Yaya Tourés, Kanus or Eto’os of tomorrow and bring huge returns on the investment. In the worst case scenario, they will not develop fast. All in all, good move.
What is Rwf54 million? In five years, it could turn into Rwf10 billion when these kids start to play for the likes of Valencia or Manchester United.