CAF Club Licensing regional workshop gets underway

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FKF President Nick Mwendwa makes an address during the opening ceremony of the CAF Club Licensing regional workshop in Nairobi

Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa has on Monday, August 13, 2018, officially rolled out the first of two Confederation of African Football (CAF) Club Licensing workshops in Nairobi, Kenya.

The workshops will see instructors provide an update on Club Licensing at CAF level to the participating Federations, with the latter also set to give updates on the situation of Club Licensing at their parent Federations. Further, the workshops will also purpose to establish detailed action plans for each Member Association in order to be fully ready before the deadline for the engagement of clubs in CAF Competitions.

“Club licensing is a fairly new concept to most African clubs. It is vital that its importance and the crucial role it plays in the development of the game is well articulated to all,” said FKF president Nick Mwendwa.

“As a country, we remain committed to both the club licensing criteria and the building of a football economy and further believe that the process will act as a catalyst to the same.

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Participants of the first of two CAF Club Licensing regional workshops pose for a team photo after Day 1 of the workshop at the Dusit D2 Hotel in Nairobi

“We are cognizant that the process is not only expensive but also highly demanding and as such continue to engage, government both at the County and National level, on the need to accelerate infrastructure development, which is the single, most expensive component for our clubs, many which are without sponsors.

“CAF is not only particular on when our leagues should end but is also adamant that any club that will qualify for both the CAF CL and the CAF CC must have met the Club Licensing Criteria, failure to which the qualified club will not be allowed to participate in the tournament.

“As such, we are appealing to all clubs with a realistic chance of winning the league and/or the cup to ensure that they have met the club licensing criteria,” explained the FKF president.

The first workshop will take place on Monday, August 13, and Tuesday, August 14, 2018, with the second one slated for Thursday, August 16, and Friday, August 17, 2018.

A total of 28 Federations, represented by their respective Club Licensing managers and Club Licensing Committee Chairmen, are taking part.

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