•The coaches include Equity head coach John Baraza, Tusker’s assistant George Maina, Bidco’s Anthony Akhulia, Sofapaka TM Hillary Echesa, and former Starlets international Doreen Nabwire, as well as Ugandan women national team head coach Faridah Bulega.
•Meanwhile, Mwendwa said Fifa Secretary General, Ms. Fatma Samoura is expected in the country ahead of the finals of the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League Cecafa Qualifiers at Nyayo Stadium.
Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa on Monday presided over the opening ceremony of a four-month long CAF B License course at the Kenya Institute of Special Education.
The course, which is being rolled out for the first time in Kenya, has attracted 25 coaches who hold CAF C Licenses.
They include Equity head coach John Baraza, Tusker’s assistant George Maina, Bidco United’s Anthony Akhulia, Sofapaka Team Manager Hillary Echesa, and former Harambee Starlets international Doreen Nabwire, as well as Ugandan Women National Team head coach Faridah Bulega.
Mwendwa said FKF would continue to roll out more courses in an effort to build capacity in the country, adding it was a big honour for Kenya to host the exercise.
“We are privileged, as a federation, to be the only ones to have been offered this opportunity by CAF in the entire region,” he said.
“FKF remain committed to capacity building. Our trainers do not only ensure that our players are handled by qualified personnel, but also equip our coaches with the necessary certification to enable them harness coaching opportunities both at home and abroad,” said Mwendwa.
The federation has so far trained over 4,000 coaches at the Caf D License level, and over 600 coaches at the Caf C License level. The Caf B License course is the first in the country in over 10 years.
Meanwhile, Mwendwa said Fifa Secretary General, Ms. Fatma Samoura is expected in the country ahead of the finals of the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League Cecafa Qualifiers at Nyayo Stadium.
“We welcome the Fifa Secretary General to Kenya. We look forward to hosting her and engaging her about the development of the game in Kenya,” FKF President, Nick Mwendwa.
She will be accompanied on her trip to Kenya by Sarai Bareman, Fifa’s chief women’s football officer. The two will witness the crowning of the region’s first ever representative to the Caf Women’s Champions League.
“This is a big week for us in the women’s game. Our clubs are taking part in regional and continental competition for the first time and we are pleased to share this moment with the Secretary General,” Doris Petra, FKF Vice President and tournament LOC Chair said .
This is Samoura’s first visit to Kenya, since her appointment to the position in 2016.
Born in Senegal, Samoura is the first woman and the first African to hold the position of Fifa secretary general.