Kenyan international Masoud Juma has sponsored a two week tournament in his native Isiolo County with the aim of discouraging the youth in the area from abusing drugs.
The 22-yearold made this announcement on Thursday during a visit to the Nation Media Group offices at Nation Centre, Nairobi.
The visit comes two days after the Harambee Stars forward opted to abruptly terminate his stay at South African top tier club Cape Town City, just six months into his three-year contract.
“I did not get much play time over there. Let’s just say I’m glad to be back home and excited to be already getting offers from other clubs,” said Juma.
“I am concerned about the ‘Kete’ drug. My peers are consuming it back home (in Isiolo) and yet they are as talented as I am and can be earning money from playing football. They need chance to play football professionally. I have decided to take this opportunity and organize a football tournament and use that platform to sensitize them.”
Kete is a drug that is licked like a sweet. If consumed in large amounts, it makes on drowsy, lazy and even sleepy.
Sixteen clubs, including Hosper FC, Sporting FC, Heartlland FC and Lyon FC will compete in this competition at the Bula Mpya and Wabera Primary Schools from August 8-22.
The winning side will pocket Sh10,000 while the runners up team is set to be awarded Sh5,000.
Juma, who made five appearances for the Cape Town City based club, has also arranged to facilitate three coaches drawn from National Super League clubs to attend select matches in the competition and scout for talents.
Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa is expected to be the guest of honour during the final.