October 15 the deadline for CAF club licensing


October 15 the deadline for CAF club licensing
FKF President Nick Mwendwa makes an address during the opening ceremony of the CAF Club Licensing regional workshop in Nairobi. Photo courtesy of FKF

In Summary

  • The Confederation of African Football (CAF) deadline for club licensing compliance by all top tier clubs in the member associations is October 15
  • Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa officially rolled out the first of two workshops in Nairobi, where the a announcement was made
  • A total of 28 Federations, represented by their respective Club Licensing managers and Club Licensing Committee Chairmen, are taking part

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) deadline for club licensing compliance by all top tier clubs in the member associations is October 15.

This was  announced on Monday during a workshop in Nairobi by the continental football governing body. Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa officially rolled out the first of two workshops in Nairobi, with the continental body seeking to know the diverse challenges facing the clubs in efforts to meet the criteria.

The workshops will see instructors provide an update on Club Licensing at CAF level to the participating federations, with the latter also set to give updates on the situation of Club Licensing at their backyards.

Further, the workshops will also purpose to establish detailed action plans for each member association in order to be fully ready before the deadline for the engagement of clubs in CAF Competitions.

“Club licensing is a fairly new concept to most African clubs. It is vital that its importance and the crucial role it plays in the development of the game is well articulated to all,” said FKF president Nick Mwendwa.

“As a country, we remain committed to both the club licensing criteria and the building of a football economy and further believe that the process will act as a catalyst to the same. We are cognizant that the process is not only expensive but also highly demanding and as such continue to engage, government both at the County and National level, on the need to accelerate infrastructure development which is the single-most expensive component for our clubs, many which are without sponsors,” underscored Mwendwa.

Strict CAF rules

Mwendwa reminded the participants CAF is not only particular on when leagues should end but also adamant that any club that qualifies for both the CAF CL and the CAF CC must have met the Club Licensing Criteria.

“Failure to meet the criteria for such clubs will render them illegitimate to take part in the continental action, thus we are appealing to all clubs with a realistic chance of winning the league and/or the cup to ensure that they have met the club licensing criteria,” explained the FKF president.

The first workshop to August 14, with the second one slated for Thursday August 16 to Friday 17.

A total of 28 Federations, represented by their respective Club Licensing managers and Club Licensing Committee Chairmen, are taking part.

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