They have raised the bar in football over the last four years right from the grassroots to the National Senior teams.”
The state of football in Kenya has significantly improved over the last four years, a soccer administrator has said.
FKF South Coast Branch chairman Gabriel Mghendi commended the current federation for striking deals with corporate sponsors to fund the local leagues.
FKF brought on board Odibets as its grass-root County Leagues partner in a three-year deal that led to the renaming all FKF county leagues to OdiBets County leagues. The clubs taking part in the leagues will also benefit from balls and playing kits as part of the deal.
“They have raised the bar in football over the last four years right from the grassroots to the National Senior teams,” continued Mr Mghendi.
Mghendi further said that by re-introducing the FKF Women Premier League and Division One Leagues for women in 2016, the federation pumped up a moribund Harambee Starlets, who later achieved much over the last four years, including clinching the 2019 Cecafa Senior Women Challenge Cup.
Mwendwa’s administration has also established adequate structures for youth development, says Mghendi. At the start of 2019, FKF actualized the National Center of Excellence which brought together 30 young players under the age of 15, on a homeschooling program while still horning their skills in football at the same time.
The U-15 boys featured in the 2019 Mediterranean International Cup in Spain, bowing out in the Quarterfinal of the Consolation Stage, as well as the inaugural CECAFA U-15 Tournament in Eritrea where they reached the finals.
“I would like to appreciate the current federation under the leadership of Nick Mwendwa for giving women a voice in football and actualizing the Kenya U16 Boys team that nurtures young football talent,” said Mghendi.