County trains its soccer referees
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho address the media at the Kirinyaga Central CDF office grounds after presiding over the graduation ceremony of 92 soccer referees for the county after an intensive course that cost sh 1 million
The quality of soccer in Kirinyaga County is set to rise to higher standards after 91 Class 2 and Class 3 referees graduated this week .
The referees in Class 2 have qualified to officiate matches in any part of the country while those in Class 3 will be exclusively be used to look into the local soccer .
Through the patronage of the Interior PS Dr Karanja Kibicho out of the 100 trainees who had been enlisted for the course 91 qualified and graduated .
And they will from March 19 start utilizing their skills when the second s e a sson of the Karanja Kibicho tournament kicks off across the county with over 300 teams expected to take part.
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho present a certificate to one of the 91 soccer referees who graduated this week at the Kirinyaga Central CDF office grounds as Engineer Kangangi Gikungi (center) and county Jubilee party chairman Murithi Kangara (left) look on.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony held at the Kirinyaga Central CDF office grounds , Kerugoya Kibicho said the county can no longer afford to do its business as usual.
He said all efforts should be made to ensure this highly potential county secured its rightful place with the rest in all sectors and spheres of development.
“Fish eating and soccer have always been associated with a particular community yet both trends were meant to improve the dietary and body health of the people since soccer has made youths from the lake region travel far and wide yet those from our county just remain useful to politicians ,” Kibicho said.
The official who is one of sons of the county said his vision was to see youths venturing into the soccer world since the area has high and untapped potential.
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho when he launched the second Kibicho tournament at the Kirinyaga Central CDF office grounds this week after presiding over the graduation ceremony of 91 soccer referees
“Am optimistic that now that we have our own referees our youths will turn up at the kickoff of my tournament where those with the untapped talent can be identified and empowered to develop their skills and turn soccer professionals ,”he said.
The referees who graduated comprised of men and women drawn from all the Five area Sub-Counties hence the level ground for all the youths interested in soccer while the Class 2 group will be able to improve their skills as they venture across the 46 counties .