Local coaches warn of consequences if Fifa is not respected

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 00:00 |
Bandari FC technical director Twahir Muhiddin. Photo/FILE

Five coaches have warned against advocating for a Fifa ban on the country, insisting that such a move will be detrimental to the development of the sport.

The five, who include three Fifa accredited instructors, told off those advocating for such a move insisting that it will roll back many gains achieved in the last four years.

According to Nick Yakhama, the assistant coach of the national Under-20 team, a Fifa ban will bring to a halt all football activities in the country and anyone advocating for such a move must be out of their mind.

“It will stop us in our tracks as it will affect all our teams from the under-13 and under-15 national teams.

Considering this is where most of our talents are, it will be a major set-back for the country.

Furthermore, no local players will be free to go and play in the professional ranks,” said Yakhama.

Former Northern Wanderers coach Nordin Tube also warned of dire consequences should the country be banned by Fifa.

“All leagues will be suspended immediately, leading to massive unemployment which will hit players, coaches, managers and stadia. Our national team will also miss out on major tournaments like the World Cup, Africa Cup of Nations and other Fifa-recognised events,” he said.

Three Fifa accredited instructors have expressed concern that the country is on the verge of a ban from international football a move they say will roll back gains made over the last four years.

They pointed out that the current Football Kenya Federation (FKF) led by Nick Mwendwa has managed to bring harmony in the sport from which good structures have been built.

Bandari technical director Twahir Muhiddin said: “We are in a very bad situation at the moment with lack of sponsors. Players are already suffering as it is and we cannot add a ban on top of it.”

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