Football project targeting women launched in Mombasa

FKF and FIFA officials during the press briefing in Mombasa./Benjamin Wanyonyi

Mombasa, KENYA: Football Kenya Federation in partnership with FIFA on Monday launched a women Football project in Mombasa county.

The main aim of the project is to support girls that are talented in football across the county.

The project will run all through next year and it targets football players, coaches, referees and sports teachers from different schools.

There will also be a capacity building and referee course starting next week in Meru.

Speaking at the event Mombasa FKF chairman Gabriel Mugendi expressed his joy and thanked Fifa for partnering with FKF to ensure that they support talents in Mombasa County.

”I really want to thank Fifa for giving us this opportunity to support girls with their talents, I also appreciate all the coaches that are devoted to making sure that they raise a talented generation,” said Mugendi.

He also urged all girls who will undergo training to be good ambassadors and be of help to the society.

The FKF Chief Executive Officer Robert Muthomi said that as a federation they have seen a need in empowering girls in football because they realize we have quite good talent in the country.

“Women football in Kenya has got a lot of promise, there are a lot of girls passionate about the game and we have women who are ready to coach the young girls that’s why Kenya as a country is among a few chosen to pilot the project”, said Muthomi.

He also added that Fifa has a new women developing strategy that will increase participation of women football in the continent.

Mr. Muthomi also highlighted that they will work with schools because they provide safe grounds for training to the girls.

This comes few days after the National team Harambee stars were nominated by Confederation of African football for the CAF team of the year award.

Harambee star has also qualified for the 2019 AFCON.