Help me Represent Kenya at chess sporting games in Nambia – a form three student at Mosa secondary in kitui, the chess master Joshua Mwendwa plead with wellwishers.
The little known Chess federation of Kenya is on the spot for failing to sponsor a 16-year-old chess zealot from Kitui County, who qualified to represent Kenya in the annual African Youth Chess Championship in Namibia, after the efforts of young star to secure sponsorship for the trip hit a dead end.
Smart minds play chess. Intelligent minds play chess. A smart chess player is a huge potential software wizard. This boy is some future great mind to watch, Joshua Mwendwa is among 12 chess players who qualified to represent the country in the prestigious sporting event after emerging best in the Kenya National Youth & Cadet Chess Championship (KNYCCC) held in Karatina in April.
The championships will be held at Windhoek Country Club Hotel & Casino, Windhoek, Namibia from December 14 to December 22, 2019.
Speaking to press in Kitui Town, Mwendwa, who is a form three student at Mosa secondary school in Kitui South, confessed that he was on the verge of losing an opportunity of his life as his family was unable to raise the funds.
“I love chess very much and I’ve been playing up to the national levels since I joined the high school in 2017.“It really breaks my heart to realize that I finally qualified for international competitions but due to financial difficulties I’m like to miss out,” he sobbed.
His father Ngali Mwangangi said that the County Government of Kitui’s sports department was unable to sponsor his son’s citing financial constraints following the executive budget tussle with County assembly according to the response seen by COUNTY DIARY.
Chess Kenya Federation had written to kitui county ministry of sports to chip in. “We are required to raise Sh.374,000 to meet costs of registration, entry fees, accommodation, passport, air ticket, visa, travel insurance, and Yellow Fever certificate, among others,” revealed Mwangangi.
In addition, he said he had exhausted all possible options to secure sponsorship for his chess wizard son and appealed to well-wishers to come to his aid.