Kenya joins the European WFC Qualifications: “We are definitely the first African floorball federation to be participating in any international activities”

Thanks to hard work floorball is a popular pastime at Universities. Here we see Kenyatta University versus team Tsunami during the 2nd Kenyan Floorball Summer Tournament. (Photo from Floorball Kenya's Facebook)

Kenya will be the first African country ever to participate in a WFCQ. In the beginning of next year, the national team (men) will try to take a ticket to the WFC2018, which will be held in the Czech Republic in December 2018. The team will play in one of Europe’s qualification tournaments (Estonia, Latvia or Slovakia).

Earlier this year the Floorball Federation of Kenya (FFK) joined the IFF as a member country. Now they successfully applied to take part into the WFCQ event after handing in a late registration.

Petteri Bergius, technical director of the FFK, explains what the road towards the WFCQ looked like: “We always wanted to develop the sport so that we can participate in the international activities. We have been planning to play an international friendly between Uganda and Kenya since late last year. The IFF membership opened up the gates to participate in the international competitions. Thus we applied for a late registration to the Men’s WFCQ in January 2018 as soon as we got accepted as a member of the IFF.” 

As a member of the IFF many opportunities arise and participating in world’s most prestigious floorball tournaments is one of them. Petteri explains what the future holds for the FFK: “Now we plan to participate in all the international tournaments available to us. U19 Men’s WFCQ in September 2018, Women’s WFCQ in January 2019 and so on. And naturally, we will play in the WFC if we qualify!”

Floorball in non-European countries is growing quickly and with the registration, the whole continent reached a big milestone. “We are definitely the first African floorball federation to be participating in any international activities whether international friendlies or WFCQs”, FFK’s technical director concludes.

For more information about FFK’s activities give a like to their Facebook page.



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