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FKF urged to enhance football standards

30 December 2013, 11:06

Nairobi - Football fans have urged the Football Federation of Kenya (FKF) to enhance local football standards so as to match the so-called powerhouses of the continent.

This follows Kenya's emphatic victory in the just-ended2013 Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) Senior Challenge.

The tournament ended with the hosts beating longtime rivals Sudan 2-0 win at the Nyayo Stadium.

However, the win could not tally with the poor performance at continental level by local football clubs, who in most cases are knocked out of Africa’s club championships in the early stages.

“We would want to see Kenya football clubs winning the African club championships as well in order to prove our soccer standards have greatly improved. The country made up proud, but it is at club level where we have problems," said Nicholas Njoroge, a staunch supporter of Gor Mahia Football Club.

Loveness Ratemo, who supports Tusker Football Club, said she hoped to see the Kenya soccer controlling body invest heavily in the country's junior football policy in order to help club soccer development.

“Without a strong football foundation at junior level, our country will always play second fiddle at African club championship. The recent victory by our Harambee Stars should be emulated by our premiership soccer clubs. They must now also go and conquer the rest of Africa so that Kenya is counted among the Who is Who of African football,” Ratemo said.

Christophe Otieno, a strong fan for Thika United, said the domestic premier soccer league clubs should be supported with strong financial sponsorship in order to excel at international level.

“In athletics, particularly the long distance running Kenyans are the best the entire world but we have serious shortcomings when it comes to the beautiful game of football. We need to up our competition in our domestic league if we are to be counted among the top African football nations. The onus is with the Kenya Football Federation to raise the bar,” Otieno said.

- CAJ News


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