Ex-footballers Challenged To Take Up Coaching Courses

Kenyan footballers should think of pursuing coaching as a career once they hang up their boots, a former KPL coach has said.

Moses Irungu who once coached Thika United and KCB urged footballers to capitalize on the free courses that were being offered by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to advance their knowledge of the game.

“I believe as a footballer, if you have the passion, you can continue as a coach and I’ll urge those who have not taken this as a step to come forward because it’s the only way we can build our football,” said Irungu.

Irungu said that former footballers would be better poised to develop the youth given their vast experience but they first needed to up their knowledge by attending coaching courses.

“I would like to urge former footballers to come forward and take up coaching courses to up their knowledge,” said coach Irungu.

The current Federation has in the past four years trained over 2800 coaches in the Basic/Advanced (CAF D License) Level and a further 400 coaches in the CAF C Level.

The courses are offered free of charge across all the 20 FKF Branches, going a long way in not only building capacity in our grassroots coaches but also bridging an education gap that had denied local coaches job opportunities both at home and abroad.

Most recently, the Federation in conjunction with FIFA actualized a first of its kind instructors’ course in the country which saw 60 Instructors get certified by FKF.

“The coaching courses being offered by the current regime is a big plus to football, in that the players are being trained by more experienced coaches hence great improvement in the standards of football in the country,” said Moses Irungu.

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