Evaluation of available football resources and their influence on performance of Kenya football premier league teams
Mwangi, Phyllis Kiraing’wa
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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the extent to which available football resources influence the performance of Kenya premier league football teams. The main objective of the study was to determine the extent to which the available facilities, funding, calibre and number of managerial and technical personnel affect the performance of Kenya Premier League Football teams. The study employed the analytical survey research design targeting the 16 managers and 16 coaches of football clubs in the Kenya Premier League. Stratified random sampling was used to select 8 (50%) of the teams according to type, either corporate or community clubs. The study employed purposive sampling to select 8 team managers and 8 team coaches from the sampled teams. Further, simple random sampling was used to select 221players as respondents representing 50.0% of the total population. Questionnaires designed for the team players and managers/coaches were used for data collection. Data was analysed through descriptive statistics (frequencies and percentages). The relationship between current football resources and performance was determined using Spearman’s Rank Correlation Coefficient, at 0.05 level of significance. The study established that the major source of funds for most clubs was corporate sponsors and most of these funds had a significant (rs=0.011, p<.05) influence in the teams’ performance. The study also found over 50.0% of the respondents reported that team managers/coaches were not effective in their roles in terms of their managerial and technical roles, that is, they were not available when needed, not approachable and were not adequately equipped with the training needs of the clubs. Further analysis also revealed that there was a significant (rs=0.021, p<.05) relationship between personnel managerial competencies and the performance of the teams in the premier league. However, Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient revealed that there was no significant (rs=0.126, p>.05) relationship between available football facilities and equipment and the performance in the premier league. From these findings, the study recommends that management of the Premier League clubs need to diversify their sources of funding so as to avail adequate financial resources to meet their needs. The study also suggests that Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts should establish training programmes and facilitate the training of personnel for football clubs so as to enhance their performance in Kenya Premier League.