2 January 2013

Kenya: FKF Hopes to Go a Step Higher This Year

Having celebrated their first full year in charge of football activities in the country, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) are promising surprises in the most popular game in the country.

FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya is on record as saying they have achieved their first objective of streamlining and restoring sanity into football after years of mismanagement and wrangles that saw the game hit its lowest point in the recent history.

Nyamweya pointed out the working relationship they have nurtured with the Kenya Premier League as testament of their unyielding support for groups that are committed to restoring the game and taking it to the next level.

"Many expected us to have squabbles with KPL but I am sorry we disappointed them. We have worked well with KPL to improve the standard of the game and you can see corporates and sponsors are getting the confidence to return to the game because of the transparency with which we have conducted our affairs," he explained.

The FKF technical committee chairman Elly Mukolwe also pointed out the vibrance of the grass-roots leagues as another indicator of their progress.

"We have run very successful leagues from the sub branches right to the Nationwide Division One league, which for the first time in many years was devoid of the wrangles that have bedevilled it in the past," Mukolwe stated.

"We have also improved the standards of refereeing in the KPL which has seen very few complains lodged in the league which culminated in three teams fighting for the title on the final day. We can only get better," he said.

Kenyan referees-- Sylvester Kirwa and Aden Marwa-- have been included in the preliminary list of referees to officiate in the

African Cup of Nations, which kicks off in South Africa on the January 19.

Mukolwe also warned that in the coming years, they will not allow tournaments to be held once the league season kicks off in February because they do not add much value to the standards of football due to lack of proper rules and regulation.

Doris Petra, the lady who sits top in the league and competitions committee also hailed the progress made by women football in the country, saying the sky is the limit this year.

"Our national under-20 team did very well and were on the verge of qualifying for the first time in a major tournaments. We also had a league that was run efficiently and we look forward to a better season in the women's game," she said.

The under-20 women's team was named the SOYA team of the year following their stellar run to the last round of the qualifiers for the African women's Championships while Matuu women's team won the national women's league.

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