The national football governing body FKF will hold the first ever National U13 Youth Championship this coming weekend in Nakuru.
The tournament, a culmination of the 2016 FKF U13 leagues played in 43 FKF Sub-Branches attracted a total of 16,789 players, playing for 1,348 clubs.
The championship which will be an annual event going forward will set the foundation for the formation of the national U13 team that will represent Kenya in international tournaments.
This year, in August, the team will participate in an international junior tournament in Southampton, UK. A provisional squad of 34 players is set to be named at the conclusion of the tournament set to be held at the Nakuru Athletic Club beginning Sat, April 29 to Sunday, April 30, 2017.
As a federation, it is our belief that this venture will not only provide the much-needed platform to expose our young players to international football but will also aid in their development and the long-term success of the sport
The initiative, a first in the history of Kenyan football, will also make it possible for the federation to create player passports. The passports will be key in not only abating age cheating but also ensuring that clubs benefit from training, solidarity and transfer fees.
So far the federation has managed to register and create player passports for 18,000 players that participated in the 2016 FKF U13/U15 leagues, with the numbers expected to increase this year.