The 5-day FIFA referee assessment program comes to an end today on Friday, December 8, 2023 at Kipchoge Keino Stadium.

This is the first time after a period of four years that this assessment has been conducted in the country owing to the Covid-19 pandemic which was followed by the country’s suspension by FIFA earlier in 2022.

Tailored to elevate referees’ capabilities, the program aims to enhance their comprehension of rules of the game, refine technical skills, and improve physical aspects. The overarching goal remains the augmentation of match officials’ quality, thereby enhancing the overall standard of refereeing in the country.

Sylvester Kirwa, FKF Referees Manager, stated the significance of this program saying; “Through the intervention of FIFA we will improve our refereeing especially in our leagues, we are here with quite a number of referees preparing for AFCON and from the (Women’s) World Cup”

Kirwa highlighted the intentional inclusion of young referees in their early 20s, emphasizing the grooming of future officiating talent.

The referees were under the tutelage of FIFA Technical Instructor Carlos Henriques.

Facilitation of this program is a deliberate effort made by FKF to try and improve the levels of officiating in the country but also produce referees that will be in contention for international assignments.

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