In the lead up to the repeat Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections, Margaret Omondi, an aspirant for the NEC Women representative seat, believes she can engineer the needed change in women football.
It is a fact that women football does not enjoy the attention and investment granted to the men and it is in recognition of this that Omondi threw her hat in the ring. She hopes to help revive and uplift women football in the country.
Her approach, she says in an interview with Soka, is to build the game from down coming up and lists schools as a key target in her plan, whose ultimate goal is to see more women footballers take the game to the pro level.
“What is making me go for the seat, is first because of how women football is forgotten and being a former footballer and also a referee, I have the capability to help girls by bringing more women to football through going to women representatives in the counties and involving them in helping women football.
“I also want to involve primary schools and secondary schools in football matters so that the girl child can grow up knowing that she has something she can offer in football,” she said.
Omondi knows quite well that women football can only grow with unity among all stakeholders and she hopes fans too can come on board and help give life to her ambition.
“In all disciplines, people don’t pay attention to women football, but now I want to turn that notion that women can’t make it. For that to happen, I will try to bring everyone on board so that we can help our girls go far and if as women we can unite then people’s mindsets will change,” she added.
A FIFA referees instructor and a mentor in football, Omondi quietly played her part as the Kenya national women’s team, Harambee Starlets rose to win the CECAFA Women Senior Challenge title in an unforgettable 2019.
She sees the big stride as Harambee Starlets won her first ever regional trophy as the right step to pick from in injecting the needed improvement. With the good show by the Girls U17 team as well, she feels with good attention to the girls, women football can grow faster than the men’s.
“I truly believe Starlets can reach the World Cup before the men’s team. They are surely working hard and pushing themselves to greater heights, and with a little more investment we can do it.
“Recently, I went to CECAFA with the team and we managed to win the trophy, while the U17 girls’ team did well too despite not being well-prepared. I believe if the U17 girls had more time to prepare like the senior team then for sure we would have come back with the victory trophy too.
“Lastly, I want to thank the FKF president, Nick Mwendwa who has given women a big platform to play and grow in football.”
New dates for the elections will be confirmed after the Special General Meeting (SGM) which is slated for Tuesday 27 January.