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FKF Elections: Referees welcome Fifa's directive regarding SDT ruling

13:32 GMT 26/03/2020
KPL referees (Kenyan referees).
The match officials have also condemned those resorting to the court stating it might hurt Kenya

Kenyan Fifa referees have welcomed Fifa’s directive regarding the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) elections.

The referees expressed concerns that disobeying the directive could bring disastrous consequences to the country and affect them.

They also condemned some officials who are resorting to court action pointing out that it risks bringing a ban to Kenya and getting rid of the gains achieved in the last four years.

Former Fifa referee Mwangi Gikonyo said the gains that have been made over the last four years will go down the drain in case of a Fifa ban.

“We have experienced stability in our game and are looking to take it to the next level. We do not want anything that will impede that progress,” Gikonyo told Goal.

Gikonyo also pointed out that several Kenyan referees have got high profile appointments in the past year and this could spoil everything.

“Mary Njoroge was in the Women's World Cup last year in France. Another referee, Peter Kamaku was at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and was even earmarked for appointment in the Africa Nations Championships (Chan).”

Kamaku has also been slotted for a possible appointment to officiate in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.  “He is now one of our elite referees and has undergone four VAR courses so far. We cannot allow that to go down the drain,” he added.

Mary Njoroge herself said there is no choice but to obey the Fifa directive as all the referees are under the world governing body, Fifa.

“It was a great feeling being at the World Cup and a great experience. Having said that, we must obey Fifa directives as we are under them. We intend to lose a lot if we don’t,” she said.

Former Fifa referee Richard Obare said local officials risk missing out on some training and symposiums if Kenya is suspended.

“Fifa’s directive was a very positive move. We are happy that they are ready to meet various stakeholders but, in the meantime, we have to do what they have advised us to do to bring this issue to a conclusion.”

Others who supported the statement are Andrew Juma, Anthony Ongwae, Davies Omweno, Israel Mpaima, Caroline Wanjala, Agneta Itubo, Gilbert Cheruiyot, Tonny Kidiya, Oliver Odhiambo, Samuel Kuria, Joshua Achila, Caroline Kiles, Jane Cherono, Stephen Yiembe, Carlin Alusa, Maximum Itur, Stephen Oduor, Caleb Amwayi, Edward Lumbugu, Margaret Omondi, Richard Obare, Damaris Kimani, Dorcas Moraa, Moses Osano and Tabitha Njoroge