• Currently, all coaches in the Premier League and National Super League are required to hold a CAF 'C' Licence.
•Mwendwa emphasised the need for capacity building for the coaches while noting that the federation will ensure that all coaches in the Kenyan football pyramid are accredited at different levels.
Football Kenya Federation will require all Premier League coaches to possess a CAF 'B' Licence from next season, FKF President Nick Mwendwa announced on Monday.
In a raft of measures aimed at taking the local league to the next level, Mwendwa also revealed that the coaches will be required to be CAF 'A' Licence holders in the next two years.
“This will ensure that the players are handled by qualified personnel,” said Mwendwa during the opening ceremony of the fourth round of the CAF courses at the Kenya Institute of Special Education.
Currently, all coaches in the Premier League and National Super League are required to hold a CAF 'C' Licence.
Mwendwa emphasised the need for capacity building for the coaches while noting that the federation will ensure that all coaches in the Kenyan football pyramid are accredited at different levels.
“It is crucial for coaches to advance through different levels of training as they grow in their careers. This ensures that we have well-equipped coaches, particularly at the grassroots level, which is essential for the development of the game,” he said
At the same time, FKF said Football Science and Technology will form the backbone of the CAF 'B' License Coaching Courses rolled out by the football governing body.
In a statement, the federation said: "Coaches will gain insights into age-specific training, enabling them to maximise their impact on the pitch for the different age groups."
"One fundamental aspect of football science and technology is periodisation, which guides coaches in planning their team’s training regimen, ensuring optimal performance and physical fitness."
The governing body added that this critical element goes hand-in-hand with conditioning techniques that enhance players’ daily performance levels.
"Coaches will also gain an understanding of proper nutrition and its long-term benefits for players’ overall well-being," FKF added.
"Equally important is a comprehensive knowledge of human anatomy, allowing coaches to identify vulnerable areas of the body and mitigate the risk of injuries."
Additionally, the coaches will receive training on leveraging technology to enhance their analytical capabilities.
"From measuring player health and performance on the field to utilising statistical data for more effective training sessions, the integration of technology empowers coaches to stay ahead in the evolving landscape of the sport," the statement added.
Sofapaka assistant coach Paul Ogai, a CAF 'C' Licence holder and CAF 'D' instructor, expressed his enthusiasm as he starts the four-month curriculum.
“To improve the quality of our league, we need to focus more on football science and technology. Without the right information on physical exercise, tactics, work-rest ratio and nutrition, the quality of our game will suffer,” he noted.
“I want to thank FKF for giving us this opportunity to continue sharpening our coaching skills."