Fifa Supports Women’s Football In Kenya Because Of Proper Structures Established By Mwendwa, Says Akorot

Fifa Supports Women's Football In Kenya Because Of Proper Structures Established By Mwendwa, Says Akorot 1

Kenya’s fast growth in women’s football, including a recent qualification to Afcon, can be attributed to the proper structures established by the current football leadership under Nick Mwendwa, a local sports manager has said.

Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) Sports Manager Maqulate Onyango Akorot says Mwendwa’s administration stands out in stark contrast to the previous occupants of the office, and without a doubt deserves special recognition for all the efforts it has concentrated in building proper structures through a working partnership with the FIFA Women Grassroot Development Program.

“We now have proper structures that can trickle down to the grassroots. We thank FKF because by virtue of them having proper structures, we got this development program,” she observed.

A good number of women have so far benefited through the FIFA/FKF (Pilot) Project For Women Grassroot Fóotball Development. Mwendwa’s administration rolled out the project in Mombasa where it conducted a series of courses that brought on board grassroot coaches and sports teachers from the Coast region.

The program would later extend it’s antenna to Nairobi, Kisumu and Meru where the facilitators incorporated coaches and referees, before Eldoret hosted the final phase of training for grassroot women fóotball leaders.

The federation’s hard work and proper planning has caught the attention of the corporate world, with sponsors such as Odibets and Betika chipping in to support the county leagues and community grass-root football.

Akorot strongy feels that the time is ripe now for the federation to forge a clear path that would bring young girls to international limelight.

“We should maximize on the FIFA development program to bring young girls from the lower level to the top level of the elite who can be able to show what the Federation stands for in terms of leadership,” she said.

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