Federation of International Football Association – FIFA instructor Margaret Omondi has decried the shortage of referees in Busia County and appealed to football stakeholders to help arrest the situation.
Speaking during award giving ceremony for Busia County Football League winners at the County Stadium on Wednesday, Omondi regretted that there are only seven qualified referees in the entire county.
“Busia County is privileged to have me as FIFA instructor and Hillary Musundi as FIFA coaches’ instructor and yet we have a big shortage of both referees and football coaches. This should not be allowed happen,” she said.
The referees’ instructor revealed that there is only one FIFA referee in Agneta Itubo, adding that other six qualified referees are officiating National Super League, Division One and Division Two Leagues.
Ms Omondi said they need at least 80 referees considering that there are many leagues in the county. “In other counties students in form 2-4 are trained referees, a feat that should be emulated in Busia County,” she said.
Omondi called for discipline among players, technical bench and kit managers so as to raise the profile of the game and to get realistic chances of winning fair play awards.
She warned referees who don jerseys of teams which they adore that it will not be business as usual for such referees in the county.
Olympics which emerged champions has been entered for National Division Two League while Bwamani Vipers which took the fourth position will feature in the Western Provincial League. Runners up Mayenje Santos and Mundulusi that finished third will remain in the County League.
The top four finishers received uniforms, ball and trophy. Airstrip Ajax that took the fifth position was awarded a pair of stockings and a ball.
Teams which took sixth to 14th positions were contented with a ball each.
FKF Busia Branch secretary Hillary Musundi said this year’s league will kick off in two weeks’ time and told teams to be ready for the showdown. Omondi donated three pairs of uniforms, a trophy and four balls.