- Ben Achieng, hailing from Yala Township Primary School, will be the U15 boys' team manager. Rosemary Wairimu, representing Bondeni Primary School, has been entrusted with leading the U15 girls' team.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has recently made a significant move by appointing teachers as coaches for the junior national teams.
This decision aims to leverage youth players' time in school and ensure they receive expert coaching. The FKF announced the appointments on November 15, 2023, marking a new era in youth football development in Kenya.
The FKF has selected three teachers to coach the junior national teams. Peter Mayoyo from St. Anthony Kitale has been appointed assistant coach for the U18 boys' national team.
Ben Achieng, hailing from Yala Township Primary School, will be the U15 boys' team manager. Rosemary Wairimu, representing Bondeni Primary School, has been entrusted with leading the U15 girls' team.
The FKF General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Barry Otieno, highlighted the rationale behind appointing teachers as coaches.
“Youth players spend a significant amount of time in school. For this reason, we resolved to empower teachers with coaching education and certification. FKF remains committed to the wholesome development of youth and Women’s football, and we believe these appointments will aid our long-term goals for ensuring our players are coached by qualified personnel,” said Otieno.
The newly appointed coaches are immediately mandated to guide the junior teams in upcoming competitions. Their first challenge will be leading the teams in the CECAFA U18 Championship and the CAF Pan Africa School Games, both scheduled in Kisumu and Kakamega.
These competitions provide a platform for young players to showcase their skills and gain invaluable experience on the national stage. The appointed teachers-turned-coaches will play a vital role in shaping the players' performance and fostering their growth as athletes.