Sports / Updates
Friday, 28 Apr 2017 19:42 EAT
Football Kenya Federation (FK) will hold the first ever National U13 Youth Championship in Nakuru this weekend. The Championship, a culmination of the 2016 FKF U13 leagues played in 43 FKF Sub-Branches, attracted a total of 16,789 players, playing for 1,348 clubs.
The tournament, which will be an annual event going forward, will set the foundation for the formation of the national U13 team that will represent Kenya in international tourneys. In August, the team will participate in an international junior tournament in Southampton, UK.
A provisional squad of 34 players set to be named at the conclusion of the championship scheduled to be held at the Nakuru Athletic Club on Saturday and Sunday. FKF says it believes that the venture will not only provide the much needed platform to expose Kenya's young players to international football, but will also aid in their development and the long term success of the sport.
The initiative has also made it possible for the federation to create the much needed player passports. The players passport is not only key in not only abetting age cheating but also ensuring that clubs benefit from training, solidarity and transfer fees.
So far the federation has managed to register and create player passports for 18,000 players that participated in the 2016 FKF U13/U15 leagues, with the numbers expected to increase this year, with the roll-out of the 2017 FKF U13/U15 leagues registration.