Caf to conduct club licensing course in Nairobi

Saturday March 12 2016

Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa speaks during a press briefing on March 4, 2016. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |

Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa speaks during a press briefing on March 4, 2016. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

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In a bid to streamline the running of top tier clubs in the region, the Confederation of African Football will this month conduct a three-day club licensing workshop in Kenya.

The seminar will be held between March 31 and April 2 in Nairobi to sensitise the premier league club owners and chairmen of the five components of the new Fifa Club Licensing system that every club must comply with beginning next year.

This was confirmed by Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa. “We want to streamline the running and operation of clubs and so all clubs must comply. We do not want a scenario where qualified clubs are locked out of participating in Caf competitions simply because they have not complied with the licensing system.

“These are recommendations that were passed during the Fifa Congress last month and I expect that the clubs will do the necessary within the course of this year,” he said.

Under the new system, clubs taking part in first and second tier leagues will need to create and sustain a youth team, secure safe and comfortable stadiums, employ qualified coaches, medical staff and administrators, adhere to Fifa statutes and be willing to surrender audited copies of their club finances for perusal. Club that will not be licensed risk being locked out of African competitions next year.

“From next year, no club will take part in its competition unless they are licensed. Any club which will not have complied with the five components will have to give up their chance of participating either in the CAF Champions League of the Confederation Cup,” he told Gor Mahia officials during the SportPesa launch last week.

South African club licensing manager Kabelo Bossilong, Ghanaian ex-defender Anthony Baffoe and Tanzanian Football Federation technical director Sunday Kayuni will conduct the three-day training which will be attended by all club chairmen from the Kenya Premier League and the Football Kenya Federation Premier League clubs together with invited government officials.

If club licensing comes into force, a number of KPL and FKF-PL clubs will need to step up operations as very few have youth teams.