Kenya referees manager Sylvester Kirwa has praised Football Kenya Federation (FKF) for the programs to train referees in the country.
Kirwa said referees are beginning to enjoy the benefits of development programs put in place by the federation in the last four years where referees manager have increased.
“When I was employed by the federation, we decided to focus on certain key areas: building capacity, recruitment, development and having more women.”
He said the federation got two critical FIFA funded courses and he says this changed the fate of local referees.
“The result is that we sent women referees to the Africa Women Nations Cup (AWCON) and the World Cup for the first time.
“Our two referees, Mary Ann and Caroline Wanjala have also joined the Elite ‘A’ category. Previously, referees used to pay money to attend courses but we abolished these allowing more of them to be trained,” he said.