Two Referees From Busia Elevated To Officiate National Division One League

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Story/Reuben Olita
Two referees from Busia County have been elevated to officiate the National Division One League after their impressive run in the ongoing Division Two League.
Addressing over 50 referees who will officiate the Branch League, after undergoing Performance Endurance Test (PET) and theory work on the laws of the game on Saturday, Ms Omondi said Isaac Ogutu and Wycliffe Omondi will join Jude Ekasiba for National PET in Kericho on Monday.
The FIFA fitness instructor praised the new FKF Branch led by Hillary Musundi as chairman for training more referees, noting that there used to be less than 10 referees in the county.

“With such marvelous work by the branch, I foresee  the number of referees increased to 50 by August; I am also impressed that the number of women referees in the county has increased with former players and form four leavers joining the profession,” she said.
She said referees had lost interest due to lack of leagues, noting that with the Branch and Divison Two Leagues, more referees have shown interest which is a good gesture for football development in the county.
FIFA referees assesor, Hajji Adede lauded Omondi for teaming up with him to bring sanity and liberation among referees in Western region, telling Busia referees to put practice as a priority, read the laws of the game and observe discipline.
FKF Busia Branch chairman Hillary Musindi announced the appointment of Abubakar Karani from Teso North, Duncan Omondi from Matayos and Domian Obura from Samia to the referees appointment committee.
The chairman advised the referees to invest in attire and  smart phones which he said was the best mode of communication today.
He revealed that  the Branch League that is set to kick off on February 20th will have two zone, zone A will feature eight teams with zone B comprising 10 teams.
Musundi said top two teams in zone A and three in zone B will qualify for the mini-league to be played on a round robin basis. 
Vice chairman Michael Ikolak urged the referees appointment committee to exercise fairness while appointing referees, noting that all referees should be given an equal chance of officiating matches.
Ikolak warned referees against officiating unregulated tournaments, warning  them of dire consequences should they get involved without the blessings of the federation.

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