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Why Kenya referees won't officiate in Championships

27 November 2013, 11:49

Abuja - Organisers of the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Under 20 Youth Championships explained the absence of local referees from the upcoming tournament.

A total of 17 match officials have been appointed for the event which will feature Kenya as the guest team for the tournament scheduled for Lesotho.

Eight referees and nine assistant referees will officiate in the annual tournament, with at least one from each of the COSAFA member countries.

Sue Destombes, COSAFA Chief Operations Officer, clarified the absence of the Kenyan match officiators despite the team participating.

“Being a COSAFA tournament and in particular one on which COSAFA focuses on development, it is obviously critical for us to develop referees from within the COSAFA region, hence all the referees are from associations within this region,” Destombes said in response to enquiries from CAJ News.

Kenya is the in the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) region.

According to organisers, the COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships is not just a platform for players and administrators to fine-tune their craft, but would give match officials in the region the opportunity to take part in a major international event.

“The spotlight should never be on the officials though and they will all hope that they have a quiet, assured tournament where their skills as match officials are shown through the manner in which the players grab all the attention, and not the match officials,” COSAFA stated.

Kenya are in Group A alongside Comoros Islands, Lesotho and Mauritius.

– CAJ News


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