Projects- National Teams

There has been a tremendous improvement from our national teams both off and on the pitch, with national teams at all level being managed in a professional manner, this has greatly increased player confidence in the new federation and boosted squad morale at all levels.

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

After losing both legs against Guinea Bissau in the AFCON qualifiers earlier in the year, Stars have greatly improved moving 43 positions in the FIFA ranking in the month of July 2016 from position 129 to 86 before dropping two places to position 88 due to football activities in South America

The federation ensured that the stars played a number of friendlies before their AFCON qualifier matches against DR Congo and Zambia, with Kenya drawing all her friendlies against Tanzania, Southern Sudan and Uganda away one all. Important to note Harambee Stars was the team that played the most number of friendlies in 2016 in the whole of Africa.

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

Following their qualification for the 2016 AFCON Women Finals that took place in Cameroon, the federation ensured that the girls’ preparation ahead of the tournament was in high gear, organizing a number of friendly matches that included the Uganda Crested cranes, with Kenya emerging 4-0 winners in a match played at the Kisumu Municipal StadiumAfter the friendlies, the federation, for the first time ever, sent the team to Spain to participate in an international tournament (COTIF) that was also 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.

After the friendlies, the federation, for the first time ever, sent the team to Spain to participate in an international tournament (COTIF) that was also 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 is in Zimbabwe as a guest nation in the COSAFA Women Championships.

  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 in the country, has formed the national U20 team also known as the junior Starlet that is currently taking part in the U20 Women World Cup qualifiers

Most of the players in the team were scouted during the Secondary Ball Games, held in Eldoret. The team has since won its first round of the U20 World Cup Qualifiers beating Botswana 7-1 away, with the Botswana opting not to honor the second leg. In addition, the team recently beat Jordan 4-1 on aggregate, in a two-legged friendly played in Amman.

  1. U20 and U17 National Teams

Both of our under 20 and under 17 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 in the group stage.

In the under 17 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.

The federation sought 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