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FIFA lauds Kericho for excellent sporting facilities

Federation International Football Association has lauded Kericho County Government for the excellent sporting facilities, describing them as being up to the standards required internationally for the training of sportsmen and women.

Addressing the media after a technical training session at ACK Holy Trinity Church in Kericho Town, Thursday, the FIFA Technical Instructor, Felix Tangawarima, noted that the Kericho Green Stadium, is a State-of-the Art facility that is conducive for training and sporting activities.

FIFA Technical Instructor, Felix Tangawarima, Kericho County Governor, Prof. Paul Chepkwony and Chairman of the Referees Kenya, Anthony Makau, chatting after a technical training session for FIFA National Referees, at ACK Holy Trinity in Kericho Town. Photo by Gideon Kimutai

The FIFA Technical Instructor, who is also responsible for the development of referees in Africa, explained that Kericho had become a preferred destination for the training of their referees, due to the high standards and well maintained facilities.

“We are privileged to partner with Kericho County Government in the development of football, especially the training of referees. We have also invited local referees to be part of this training, so that we leave a legacy here in Kericho and in doing that, we are building a strong foundation for our local referees,” said Tangawarima.

The Kericho County Governor, Prof. Paul Chepkwony, who graced the occasion said the preference of referees to conduct their training in the County, has inspired his government to set aside  more resources  to  improve the sporting facilities, in order to give sports personalities in the country, a better place for their activities.

“We have invested in sporting activities that’s why we are attracting the attention of guests from all over the country, they are coming to train here. Kericho is indeed a sporting destination,” said Chepkwony.

Chairman of the Referees, Kenya, Anthony Makau, pointed out that 50 FIFA National Referees have been training in Kericho from Monday to Friday this week, covering few sessions in the field, including body fitness and a technical lessons in class under the guidance of  FIFA instructors, so as to bring them at par with other referees  globally.

“We have the Member Association of the top referees that is FIFA referees and top referees, who officiate the premier league,” said Makau

Meanwhile, Kenya posted a cheerless performance during FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, losing home and away against Mali by a six-goal thriller.

Mali held onto their two-point lead atop CAF second-round 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group ‘E’ with a 1-0 win over Stars at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi last Sunday.

By Kibe Mburu and Gideon Kimutai

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