Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has instructed the Kenya Premier League Limited (KPL) from using referees aged 35 years and above from officiating this year’s top tier.
In a statement released on Tuesday, FKF says all referees appointed to officiate the league must pass the FIFA Member Association physical endurance test to be conducted in February.
‘All referees must pass the FIFA Member Association physical endurance test to be conducted in February before being given assignments in the league matches.’
‘This now breaks the tradition where last year KPL resorted to recall retired referees and promote others from the lower classes due to a row between both bodies.’
‘However in order to uplift the standards of our referees both bodies under the umbrella of their joint Technical Committees will work together,’ read the statement.
‘There is no individual who should claim to appoint referees without the authority of both parties and there are no supremacy wars,’ continued the statement.
With the new season kicking off on 13th of February, the federation says it will work jointly with KPL to train and test all referees who are able to interpret the new laws of the game.
Last season, there was talk of poor officiating and the FKF hopes that this will change this season.
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