Nairobi West teams urged to maintain competitiveness

Teams participating in the FKF Nairobi West Branch league have been urged to always prepare well to ensure the level of competition is high as a way of boosting grassroots football.

While praising the rising standards of the league, branch chairman Bashir Hussein—who led other top FKF officials in rewarding various teams in the league on Saturday—challenged the teams to come up with mechanisms of good preparations that will ensure a competitive edge is maintained.

Four teams were feted including Kibra United (regional champions), AFC Leopards Youth (county champions), Sunderland Samba (women division two) and Uthiru FC (sub-county) winners.

The four were recognised for having clinched their respective championships in 2017 with Kibra United earning special mention for going the whole campaign unbeaten thus pocketing Sh100,000 and a trophy. Boniface Ambani’s Leopards Youth were awarded Sh50,000 while both Uthiru and Sunderland Samba collected Sh30,000 each.

Meanwhile, FKF vice-president Doris Petra, who graced the event, has revealed that Kenya has been selected as a pilot of a FIFA Women’s development project beginning next year.

About 160 million female players globally have been earmarked to join the game by 2026 and Kenya will be among the few to have the honours on trial basis, thanks to their participation in the 2016 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

“We are developing well with our women’s football affairs and it is no surprise that FIFA has recognised that. The girls will be heading to camp soon and we want them to have ample preparations so that there are improvements,” she said.

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