Rwandan football can flourish but we need to make right decisions

All must start from the grassroots with incentives for private sector to be involved. Private sector will only get involved if the activity adds to their bottom line in the short/medium/long-term and that happens only when the sport in question, in this case football (by the way the sport in Rwanda with the most funding), has traction and believe you me all of us want to be associated with success.

Editor,

RE: “The problem in our sports is structural” (The New Times, June 27).

 

All must start from the grassroots with incentives for private sector to be involved. Private sector will only get involved if the activity adds to their bottom line in the short/medium/long-term and that happens only when the sport in question, in this case football (by the way the sport in Rwanda with the most funding), has traction and believe you me all of us want to be associated with success.

 

Our youth are talented as it was proven when the Amavubi Under-17 made it to the FIFA World Cup 2011 in Mexico which means that, with the right steering at the top of football affairs in our country, we can make it back there again and again and again.

 

I don’t buy the structural issue as leadership is all about accountability. Whoever is in charge of football has the ability to influence changes on the structure, policy and what have you if that was the main issue.

In the Rwanda I know, we have imihigo (performance contracts) and if the results are not there you get the boot or you know what to do and move on. That’s why we are able to register many successes in different fields with limited resources and, again, this boils down to leadership.

Let us not dilute individual responsibility into collective responsibility. If my phone doesn’t have signal, I don’t blame the fact the mobile operator has many clients and it is just too much for them to serve me. I call a spade by its name and leave that company and switch to another operator.

In football, we have one federation and it should be working as efficiently as possible. Now back to the so-called independence and non-interference from government in FIFA federations, these are fairytales they want us to believe in Africa. The corruption scandal at FIFA was unearthed not because the ethics committee there was working but because one superpower was pissed off at one of their many unwise decisions...the rest is history as we know. Talk about non-interference!

Al

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