FKF warns against non-sanctioned political-class-organized tourneys


FKF warns against non-sanctioned political-class-organized tourneys

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  • On Sunday, a referee lost his life after he was punched by a player after a commotion ensued during a local tournament held in Kisii County and which FKF has revealed was not approved.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) National Executive Committee (NEC) member Antony Makau has warned the federation will not be held responsible for upheavals emerging in tournaments not sanctioned by the football governing body.

Of late several football tourneys have been held moreso in the rural areas, organised by the political class.

On Sunday, a referee lost his life after he was punched by a player after a commotion ensued during a local tournament held in Kisii County and which FKF has revealed was not approved.

The government is yet to announce the restart of lower tier sporting activities in the country but a spot check by Citizen Digital confirmed that local tournaments and friendly matches are going on unabated.

Speaking Sunday during the launch of a women’s football league in Mwala, Makau urged area politicians to support existing competitions approved by the federation as opposed to holding their own events.

“We (FKF) will not be held responsible for chaos emerging during tournaments which we’re not part of or given approvals. We’ve seen many tournaments being played and we all agree they are good because they’re keeping our boys and girls busy but we need to ensure all the protocols including providing enough security and medical services are put in place beforehand,” said Makau.

The FKF official also urged politicians to opt for sustainable leagues adding that sub-standard tournaments are hurting football growth in the country.

“A one day tournament cannot be enough to churn out new talents and so we need to have a league and the federation is ready for partnership to ensure top professionalism.

“It is important for the development of football in this country that elected officials who want to organise tournaments recognise existing structures for the benefit of our youth,” he added.

Makau reiterated the federation will not stop anyone from participating in the sport but plans are in the offing to streamline the tournaments to inject professionalism.

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