FKF Coast branch conducts capacity building for its referees

FKF Coast branch conducts capacity building for its referees

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Coast branch is focusing on training referees to raise soccer standards in the coastal region.

In this regard, the coast FKF branches have embarked on a three-day training at Baraki sports ground in Mombasa county to train referees from six counties namely, Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta and Tana River, and Lamu.

The three-day series of training sessions focus on physical endurance test training, class theory, and field match officiating practicals and has attracted 180 referees drawn from the five counties.

Speaking during the exercise FKF Coast region Secretary General Lilian Kazungu who also doubles as Mombasa County FKF Chairperson said the training is aimed at equipping them with key knowledge and skills to be able to referee matches safely and effectively.

“The training is done every season before the league starts, we start with a physical fitness training session to be capped off with a written exam to test their knowledge of the laws of the game,” said Ms. Kazungu.

FKF Coast region treasurer Dickson Angore who also doubles as FKF Chairperson Kilifi county said the three-day free course organized by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF will improve the level of officiating matches as well as open up new opportunities for them.

He said many clubs in the coastal region do not have reliable financial sponsors to support their activities.

Angore appealed to corporate entities and eligible individuals in the coast region to come to the rescue of local clubs.

He said lack of facilities is the main hindrance in advancing football in the coast region, saying this is denying potential footballers a chance to advance their talents.