Elite FIFA Referee Andrew Juma has lauded Football Kenya Federation’s efforts in Referees training and organization of referees’ Physical Endurance Tests (PET)
Juma also pointed out that scrapping of PET fees has gone a long way in encouraging new referees to take up officiating as a career
“We used to pay ksh 3000 as PET fees, which was a hindrance to young upcoming referees,” said Andrew Juma.
“Before, we had PET’s once a year, but I am glad that FKF is conducting the tests after every three months,” added Juma
FKF in the last one year, has trained 61 KPL referees, 75 NSL referees and 60 Division One referees in January 2017. A further 106 referees were trained during the mid-season break.
The federation also trained 13 Referees instructors, 38 KPL match Commissioners 35 male
referees in the FIFA Member Association (MA) course and 35 female referees in the FIFA women Referees Development Course in 2017.
100 new referees at the grass-root level in Kericho, Aberdares, Kakamega, Eldoret and Coast regions in 2017, with the remaining regions set to follow in due course.
Lastly, the federation has trained 55 referees on the FIFA Contest for Badge 2018 at Kasarani, while two referees Aden Marwa and Mary Njoroge where proposed for the FIFA Referees Elite Course, with Marwa and Njoroge attending training in Switzerland and Portugal respectively.
The trainings are aimed at building capacity and improving the quality of officiating in the country