The Star (Nairobi)

19 February 2013

Kenya: FKF Busia Branch Up in Arms Over Referees Appointment

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Busia sub-branch is up in arms against the national technical committee chairman, Elly Mukolwe over the appointment of 60 elite referees.

The sub-branch chairman, William Musumba yesterday said Mukolwe's move not to pick a single referee from the area had demoralised the whistle men. "We need an explanation why only 4 refs were picked from Western and North Western branches and yet over 10 came from Nyanza and four from Mombasa.

Which criteria was used to pick referees? We want the national chairman Sam Nyamweya to address the issue before things go bad," Musumba said.

He said whoever made the selection displayed total bias. In a quick rejoinder, Mukolwe told Musumba to conduct his branch if he is unhappy with the referees selection Mukolwe said the sub-branch is also free to conduct the national chairman over the issue. The complains comes after a 5-day Physical Endurance Test (PET) for the Kenyan refs set ahead of the Kenya Premier League this weekend.

Agneta Itubo and Elias Kuloba were picked from North Western branch while Hajji Adede and Tony Kidia came from Western branch.

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