More than 200 Football Referees commenced a Physical Endurance Test (PET) at Gusii stadium for referees across all Division.
The exercise aims to test their physical fitness, endurance and their knowledge of football.
Football Kenya Federation [FKF] will conduct FIFA Referees Physical Endurance Test (PET) for three days starting today.
According to Joseph Andere the national chairman of Referees said that the whistlers, referees and assistant referees were invited to attend the exercise.
Andere noted that The PET will test the whistlers endurance, enable them learn new laws of the games as well as undergo a medical test examination.
The exercise drew match officials from Kisii County , Nyamira County and Rachuonyo .
“The event shall feature theory sessions in class, group discussions, and fieldwork, referees positioning, the handball rule, tactical fouls, penalty area incidents, the offside rule and match reporting, among others,”said Andere.
He added that the exercise will feature Kenya Premier League (KPL), National Super League (NSL), and Division One Referees and Match Commissioners .
Mr Andele said that they are set to do practicals and exams each day, this will give the referees the opportunity to improve their positions in Kenya Premier League(KPL), National Super League (NSL) and Division Leagues.
The FKF intend to improve the statures of the referees by giving them quality training both on and off the pitch.
Kisii county governor James Ongwae said that they are committed to engage in partnerships with such such stakeholders in nurturing talent for the ultimate goal of enabling youth to tap into professional sports to earn a living.
“The referees play a central role in nurturing of talent by instilling discipline and team spirit among the youth, “said Ongwae.
Mr Ongwae said that they have given Gusii Stadium a facelift and they are going to embark on phase 2 of its upgrade with more facilities to meet international standards.
The Kisii town residents have lauded Nyanza South Branch Mr Yobesh Mose and his team for choosing to hold the Physical Endurance Tests (PET) for referees .
Mr Yobesh asked the chair Gusii stadium to be considered to hold matches .
PHOTO: Kisii County governor James Ongwae, National Chair Referees Joseph Andele at Gusii stadium during the opening of FKF endurance test