The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) will in March this year -at a date yet to be confirmed- set to launch an elite Under 13 and Under 15 League in Nairobi as confirmed by the FKF Youth Committee Chairman Chris Amimo.
In the early stages, the respective leagues consist of 12 teams each and will bring together among other established teams, various top academies Nairobi region. Plans are however underway to have the youth leagues rolled out in other parts of the country so as to develop grassroots football in all the branches.
According to Amimo, the leagues will be great avenues to scout talent for the Kenya under-age category national teams that have been for a long time reliant on the few existing academies that have youth structures.
“We have a disparity in the quality of academies that take part in the FKF U13/15 leagues that are run by the sub-branches. It is for this reason that we are intending to run an elite competitive league from where we can scout talent into the junior national teams,” said FKF Amimo as quoted by the FKF website.
This comes in the wake of a FIFA Pilot project aimed at establishing similar grassroots programs for the girls and young women across the country.
Through the project, coaches, referees and female leaders have been equipped with the requisite skills pending commencement. Meanwhile, the national boys U15 team has also been drafted into the league