Umeme’s Ashraf and Rwan­dan Uwimana all set for Gor tri­als

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - BY FRAN­CIS WADEGU/

Umeme FC’s at­tack­ing mid­fielder Naeem Ashraf and Rwan­dese ace Em­manuel Uwimana are to un­dergo tri­als with Kenyan Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons Gor Mahia af­ter they were scouted dur­ing the Green Africa Acad­emy or­gan­ised Gold Cup foot­ball tour­na­ment last Au­gust.

Ashraf fea­tured for African War­riors dur­ing the tour­na­ment held on Au­gust 15-21 in Nairobi. Two other play­ers will try their luck with the na­tional women’s foot­ball team, Star­lets af­ter im­press­ing dur­ing the show piece that at­tracted teams from the East Africa re­gion. Pu­rity Kun­yani of Min­ions and Vi­vian Ak­wino of the pay TV chan­nel Su­per-Sport spon­sored ‘ Home in Home’ were scouted for Star­lets.

The tour­na­ment, which at­tracted 1,800 play­ers drawn from 186 teams, had scouts from the re­gion who also scouted play­ers for other teams. The other play­ers iden­ti­fied for tri­als are Rwan­dese Ahishakiye Ertier to­gether with Kenyan club Bay­ern’s Ahmed Naeema who are head­ing to reign­ing Ce­cafa Club cham­pi­ons Tan­za­nia’s Azam FC.

Abouba Ranani from Rwanda was spot­ted for tri­als with nine-time Rwan­dese Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons the Ki­gali-based, Rayon Sports.

Bay­ern’s An­to­nio Te­soro is be­ing eyed by 21-times Tan­za­nian na­tional top flight league win­ners Young Africans.

The African War­riors trio of Hasan Juma, Chris Kakame and Abel Foto along­side the lo­cally-based TP Mazembe ace Nigel Leonard Ndegwa are head­ing to Tan­za­nian ju­nior devel­op­ment side Azam Acad­emy.

Green Sports Acad­emy di­rec­tors Ge­orge Ouma and Kas­sim Is­maily un­veiled the play­ers ear­lier this week and said they had part­nered with Fifa ac­cred­ited scouts from Kenya, Uganda, Tan­za­nia and Rwanda to con­duct the tal­ent search dur­ing the tour­na­ment.

Each coun­try pro­vided four scouts, with a tech­ni­cal per­son from the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Africa Foot­ball to con­duct the ex­er­cise.Dur­ing the tour­na­ment, teams were grouped un­der five cat­e­gories fea­tur­ing the Un­der-13, Un­der-15, Un­der-18, Un­der-23 and the women cat­e­gories for the first time. With Worth won the U-13 cat­e­gory, Adi­gen (U-15 )and African War­riors (U-18 ).

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