Case Study- National Teams

In an effort aimed at bettering the performance of the national teams and guaranteeing the long term success of the same, the federation has professionalized the National team set by establishing both senior and junior level national teams that consistently engage in international friendlies and tournaments.

  1. Harambee Stars
Harambee Stars vs Mozambique
Harambee Stars players line up for a team photo before their friendly match against Mozambique

For the first in the history of Kenyan football the Harambee Stars have been engaged in all International FIFA  calendars, with the team playing the most number of matches in the whole of Africa in 2016.

The aforementioned, has seen Kenya tremendously improve on her FIFA ranking, moving nearly 40 positions up in the ranking, between July 2016 when the team was ranked 129 to the current position 88.

  1. Starlets
Harambee Starlets COSAFA
Harambee Starlets starting lineup in the final group B match against Swaziland

Following the team’s qualification for the 2016 AFCON Women Finals that took place in Cameroon, the federation ensured that the girls’ preparation for the tournament was in high gear, organizing a number of high profile friendly matches that included the Uganda Crested cranes, with Kenya emerging 4-0 winners in a match played at the Kisumu Municipal Stadium.

In addition, the federation, for the first time ever sent the team to Spain to participate at the COTIF International tournament that was graced by top European clubs and the Venezuela national team, where the Starlets emerged fourth losing 2-0 to Espanyol of Spain in the third-place playoff.

Currently, the team which recently returned from the COSAFA Women Championship that was held in Zimbabwe is preparing to take part in the upcoming CECAFA tournament scheduled to be held in Rwanda.

  1. National U20 Women
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The National U20 girls team that started the match against Jordan

The federation, in an effort aimed at developing women football across all levels, has established the national U20 team (junior Starlets), currently taking part in the U20 Women World Cup qualifiers

Most of the players in the team were scouted during the Secondary School Ball Games, held in Eldoret. The team has since won its first round and second round of the U20 World Cup Qualifiers beating Botswana 7-1 away, with the Botswana opting not to honor the second leg before seeing off Ethiopia 4-3 on aggregate.

In addition, the team recently beat Jordan 4-1 on aggregate, in a two-legged friendly played in Amman and is currently preparing to face Ghana in the third round of the U20 World Cup qualifier.

  1. U20 and U17 National Teams

 

Kenya U20

Football Kenya Federation has established National U20, U17, and U13 sides, in a bid to Create the future of Kenyan Football.

Both the U20 and U17 were unlucky in their outings with the latter being disqualified by CAF due to a technicality that led to the fielding of players that were perceived to be above the age limit, while the former was knocked out of the U17 AFCON qualifiers by Cameroon and later knocked out of the COSAFA U17 tournament that was held in Mauritius

Kenya U 17 National team

In the U17 age category the federation for the first time took players through an age verification process that involved the use of MRI to ascertain whether the players were in the right age following a nationwide scouting process that took over one month and led to the shortlisting of 40 players with eight eventually failing the MRI scan to leave 32 in camp.

Following CAF’s disqualification of the Kenya U20 team due to the aforementioned reasons, the federation moved with speed to avert the same from re-occurring by seeking clarifications from CAF and constituted a U20 team that conforms to CAF regulations. The team has since played a number of high-profile friendlies with the latest being away, against the South African U20 side.

  1. U13 National Teams

U13 Boys Team

The first ever Kenya National U13 Football Team was selected from teams that participated in the 2016 FKF U13 league that was played in 43 Sub Branches and attracted a total of 16,789 players registered in 1,348 clubs that took part in the same.

In addition, the league was played in 14 out of 20 FKF Branches and in six out of eight FKF regions, making it one of the most successful youth programs in the country.

Thirty-four players scouted during the league were selected to form part of the first ever National U13 Football Team, with the squad cut to 20 for the Southampton Cup Tournament where the team emerged as winners in the Shield category