FKF and Olunga Academy join forces to empower local coaches in Homabay

Monday, June 5th, 2023 10:03 | By
Michael Olunga (right) presents a certificate to one of the coaches as former Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi looks on.
Michael Olunga (right) presents a certificate to one of the coaches as former Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi looks on. PHOTO/ Lucky Oluoch

Homabay County coaches have praised the ongoing skill empowerment drive for coaches by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and MOFA Academy through the Confederation of African Football (CAF) courses.

In a recent ceremony attended by MOFA founder and Harambee Stars Captain Michael Olunga, the CAF D coaching licence course, sponsored by MOFA, concluded successfully. FIFA FKF Instructors, former Harambee stars coach Francis Kimanzi and Wilson Omondi Aol, facilitated the course in Homabay County, organized by FKF and sponsored by MOFA.

Assistant coach Joseph Odhiambo of MOFA FC, who graduated with the CAF D licence, expressed his excitement about applying his newly acquired knowledge and expertise to the team. He emphasized that the course had deepened his understanding of the game, sharpened his coaching techniques, and improved his ability to support the players’ development. Odhiambo dedicated himself to fostering a positive team culture, nurturing individual talents, and striving for excellence in the world of football.

Another beneficiary of the CAF D Course was football coach and Othoro Primary School teacher Rueben Abutoh. Now a newly graduated CAF D football coach in Homabay County, Abutoh highlighted how the coaching course had equipped him with the skills and knowledge to inspire young players both on and off the field. With a passion for education and football, Abutoh believed that sports could instill character, teamwork, and resilience in students. He eagerly looked forward to sharing his expertise within his school community, creating a nurturing environment where every child could thrive, and unlocking the potential of young talents while fostering a love for the beautiful game.

The MOFA Academy, the driving force behind the sponsored course, aims to nurture talent in the region. As part of its efforts, MOFA has already established partnership deals with football powerhouses Agoro Sare School in Homabay County, St Mary’s School Yala in Siaya County, and Kisumu Day in Kisumu County. These partnerships serve as the initial steps toward forging more collaborations with other schools, further promoting football development.

The collaboration between FKF and MOFA in empowering coaches demonstrates their commitment to enhancing football education and fostering the growth of talented players in Homabay County.

With the newfound knowledge and skills gained from the CAF courses, coaches are poised to make a significant impact on the development of the sport at both the grassroots and professional levels.

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