Crying shame of our football referees

Published on 14/05/2009

By Gilbert Wandera

Fourteen centre referees failed the mandatory Cooper Test as Kenya’s longest serving Fifa whistler Alfred Ndinya succeeded in his second attempt at Coca-Cola Stadium on Wednesday.

The biggest casualties were referees who officiate in the Kenya Premier League (KPL). Tom Onyango, a Fifa accredited whistler, also failed.

Ndinya, in his 10th year as Fifa ref, risked being locked out of a continental tie next weekend had he failed in his second bid on Wednesday.

“I am excited to have passed. I have no reason to worry about missing the up-coming CAF match,” said Ndinya.

But Gideon Amwayi, named last year’s KPL referee of the year, failed in his second attempt at the Test.

Others who did not make it are Tom Agwanda, Rodgers Wamalwa, Carlin Alusa, James Otieno, James Theuri, Ken Anyanzwa, Mathias Mangoli, Nicodemus Marani, Viona Demba, Frank Musungu, Chrispine Oduor and Dominic Weda.

handle matches

Speaking during the event, Football Kenya Secretary General, Sammy Obingo, said the company will come up with one list of referees to handle the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and the Nation-wide matches.

“The FKL referees committee will send a list of those who have qualified to KPL for appointment within the next one month,” he said.

Obingo said there has been an agreement on the appointments following a meeting between FKL, KPL and Fifa officials on Tuesday where they agreed to put wrangles behind them.

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