FKF earns Sports Personality of the Year (SOYA) nomination

FKF earns Sports Personality of the Year (SOYA) nomination

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Football Kenya Federation has been nominated in the Federation of the Year category of the annual Sports Personality of the Year (SOYA) awards.

The nomination is the second in a row after FKF was recognized in the same category last year.

FKF will be up against Athletics Kenya (AK) and the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA).

This nomination comes after the senior national team, Harambee Stars, sealed a place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, following back to back wins over Ghana and Ethiopia at the MISC Kasarani and an away draw in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

Harambee Starlets, meanwhile, only failed to make it to the Africa Women Cup of Nations after Equatorial Guinea’s shock reinstatement. Kenya had won an appeal against the West African nation after they fielded an ineligible player in their final qualifying round.

The Kenya U23 national team is also in the second round of the Olympic Qualifiers following a resounding win over Mauritius in the first round. Their U20 counterparts, meanwhile, took part in the U20 Cup of Nations qualifiers, falling to Rwanda on aggregate.

The U17 national team, in the meantime, finished fourth in the CECAFA U17 Championships in Burundi and went on to take part in the U17 Africa Cup of Nations where the team bowed out in the first hurdle.

FKF has in 2018 also sustained its Competitions Department’s vibrance which has seen the FKF National Super League, Division One League, Women Premier League, and Women Division One League conclude successfully. The Federation, for the first time, facilitated clubs in the WPL and Women Division One with grants to ease their costs, a move that has realized more competition.

The Chapa Dimba na Safaricom youth tournament, which targets players under the age of 20 years, is also underway in most parts of the country. This as the FKF U13/15 Youth leagues also take root.

The Federation has also rolled out referees and coaches training as well as anti-doping workshops.

Through funding from FIFA for the FIFA Pilot Project for women, FKF has in December 2018, successfully trained 120 women coaches across the country, with 40 young women referees having also benefitted from a referees training. The project, which is set to take root next year, will see FKF also initiate U13/15 girls’ leagues.

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