Football Kenya Federation (FKF) in conjunction with world football governing body FIFA, have this week kicked off a first ever referees and match commissioners assessors course in the country with the sole aim of improving the officiating standards in the country.
The course kicked off on Monday 14 October in Machakos and is set to run for five days.
Soka caught up with FKF Referees Committee Vice Chairperson Antony Makau who enthused belief that the course will go a long way in helping local officials earn the grade up and be able to officiate in international matches.
“This course is a milestone for this country being the first-ever, as we aim to assessing the referees and match commissioners on management and developing refereeing all over. The referees participating are 29 retired referees and are drawn from different counties all over the country.” He said
“The course will be closed officially on Friday 18 October and we hope by the end we will have been able to help our referees and be promoted to FIFA.”
The trainees will be under the tutelage of former Zimbabwean referee Felix Tangawarima, who is a member of the CAF Referees Committee and is also in charge of referees on the continent’s English speaking nations.
Earlier last week, 35 Kenyan Premier League referees, some drawn from the FIFA Panel, went through a FIFA Member Association referees course and were duly certified.