The five – day training cum workshop for grassroots referees organized by the Nairobi West Branch of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) at Hope Center came to a close on Saturday 13 April with applause from the head of refereeing at the federation, Sylvester Kirwa.
The course, which also had a number of club officials attend, was aimed at keeping the participants abreast with the laws of the game as well as sharing the federation’s agenda as far as handling of leagues is concerned.
The closing ceremony was also graced by FIFA Instructor in Charge of Africa Mark Mzengo from Malawi while FKF NEC Member Nabea Murithi, Referees Committee Vice Chairman Antony Makau, among other FKF Officials were also in attendance.
“These are new entrants to the field and we were trying to ensure that they are abreast with the laws of the game and also to let them know what the federation has in mind refereeing as a department because as we run the leagues we also need the referees.
“We also had Team Managers and coaches taken through the laws of the game because they are also key players here,” Kirwa said at the closure of the workshop.
The Nairobi West Branch chairman Hussein Bashir is confident that with the knowledge gained, refereeing at the grassroots level will improve greatly.
“We have very many teams registering for our leagues but we have very few referees. This workshop is a big step in ensuring the growth of the game and refereeing go together. It is a start for us and I believe it will aid us succeed in our objectives,” he noted.