African Women's Championship Football in South Africa and Kenya is not there!
Last week the African Women’s Football Championship kicked off in South Africa. The opening game was a thrilling match between our neighbours, Tanzania – the Twiga Stars - and the home team, Banyana Banyana. Kenya’s women footballers had missed out on an opportunity to showcase their talent. Again.
In recent years Kenya Football Limited has done nothing to enable female football players to participate in qualifying matches for African and/or World Cup matches. No plans have been made, no selections have been done, no coaches appointed, not a single match has been played. Since the FKL is recognized by FIF
A as the organizer of football in Kenya, all national football teams – including the women’s team – are the FKL’s responsibility. With the FKL elections planned for December it’s time that women take the opportunity to organize and manage their own football activities. The FKL has proved that it is not interested in women’s football. In line with the government’s recently released Sports Policy we call on women to be given the chance to take on the responsibility for women’s football. This will ensure that the talented players in Kenya do not ever miss out again on participating in the African Women’s Football Championship.
There are no official statistics known about how many girls and women are playing football in Kenya, but the number is growing and girls and women are taking up leadership roles in sport more and more. In Kilifi, Kaloleni and Ganze districts in Coast Province there are more than 180 girls’ football teams playing every week in Moving the Goalposts’ league matches that are organized, coached and officiated by girls and young women. These young girls have done more to raise the profile of women football in Kenya than the FKL!
We request that the leadership in the FKL gives women’s football to women as we have a vested interest in making it a national success. In 1995 the FIFA President, Sepp Blatter said: ”The future of football is feminine…”. Fifteen years on that statement remains a dream in Kenya – we ask that women be allowed to turn it into a reality.