Players Union the Kenya Footballers Welfare Association (Kefwa) has attained full membership by the World International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFpro).
This is good news for Kenyan Footballers after suffering for long under football administrators from unpaid salaries and wrongful dismissals as some of their grievances will be addressed at the international level.
Speaking to Ghetto Radio Sports the association’s communication Manager Stephen Ogos has lauded the moving saying that it will go a long way in helping players on their plight.
The organization’s Chairman James Situma and Secretary General Jerry Santo officially received a certificate of recognition on Tuesday 27 November in Rome, Italy, in a major milestone for the body mandated to champion for the rights footballers in the country.
A year ago, KEFWA was recognized as candidates and have since worked towards scaling to the highest rank in the players’ union.
It now becomes the 65th member worldwide and 11th in Africa to achieve the fete, after adhering to guidelines set by the FIFpro board.
This milestone further hands the Kenya’s players body the power to vote in the FIFpro congress.
Mexico and Qatar are among the newbies.
Ogos has called on players from the top leagues the Premier League, Women’s league and the National Super League to register with the Union because that is the only way they can benefit from the organization.
He said apart from protecting players right they will embark nationwide training to players on how to carry themselves as professionals.
The training includes on how to use social media to brand themselves to attract endorsements from sponsors, nutrition and the law of contracts.
The former International said they will work on coming up with a standard contract and health insurance for the players.
Ogos called on Clubs to sort themselves out and work hard to have a good fan base as this is will enable them have reliable source of revenue other than relying on the limited amount of money from the leagues title sponsor.