Catholic Church Bans Playing Football on Sundays in Makueni County After Squabbles

Makueni Diocese Bishop Paul Kariuki during his installation ceremony at Unoa Grounds in Wote on September 30, 2023.

The Catholic Diocese of Makueni on Sunday, April 14, announced a ban on football and other sporting activities being undertaken in the county. 

Speaking during Sunday’s homily at Wote Catholic Church, Father Nicholas Mbondi complained that sporting events had been moved from Saturday to Sunday. 

He explained that Seventh-Day Adventist was a minority religious group in Makueni and should not interfere with keeping Sunday holy. 

“Us other Christians of Catholic, African Inland Church (AIC), Jehovah's Witness we are forced to have football played on Sundays because SDA worship on Saturday yet they are a minority in the region,” he stated. 

Kibwezi East Men Football Team take on Makueni in the final match of the MKJ Supa Cup County Finals at Unoa grounds, Wote on April 7, 2024.
Makueni County Government

“Sports on Sundays must end, when it is played on Sunday it becomes a religion.”

He explained that the situation in the county had deteriorated to a point where some youths were claiming that football was a religion. 

While asking for help from County Government officials in attendance, Fr Mbondi vowed that the church would lead a countywide campaign to ensure no sporting activities are held on Sunday. 

The priest explained that there would be no relenting until that was achieved. 

He explained that letting the youth take part in sporting activities was denying them a proper moral direction. 

Fr Mbondi wondered how the youth could be leaders of tomorrow if they were not taught about God on Sunday. 

“Football is okay but let it be played on the days which are allowed,” he stated while banning Sunday sporting activities. 

He added that the Church would lose choir members and other faithful if the ban was not effected immediately. 

A volleyball tournament in Makueni County on April 7, 2024.
Makueni County Government