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Fi­nal round of 800 as­pir­ing foot­ballers head for Goan Gymkhana tri­als

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY STAR RE­PORTER/

This week­end, the fi­nal group of 800 as­pir­ing foot­ballers will con­verge at the Goan In­sti­tute foot­ball grounds in Nairobi to par­tic­i­pate in tri­als or­gan­ised by Bet­way Kenya as part of its in­au­gu­ral Bet­way Ta­lent Search launched in Septem­ber 2016.

The first group of 800 play­ers were hosted by Bet­way in the first set of tri­als two weeks ago.

The tri­als will give the 1600 foot­ballers a chance to test their skills un­der the watch­ful eyes of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional scouts as they com­pete for a place in the fi­nal 16 (2 goal­keep­ers and 14 in­field play­ers) who will at­tend a spe­cialised foot­ball train­ing camp.

The camp it­self, or­gan­ised by Bet­way, will be headed by Fran­cis Ki­manzi, head coach of Mathare United and in­clude coach­ing staff from West Ham United as well as lo­cal leg­end Den­nis Oliech.

From the fi­nal group of 16, one lucky foot­baller will find them­selves the win­ner of the grand prize, he will head to West Ham United in the United King­dom for a “West Ham Ex­pe­ri­ence” which will in­clude train­ing, sight­see­ing, a live match and player meet and greets.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the Bet­way Ta­lent Search ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions with many as­pir­ing foot­ballers from across the coun­try reg­is­ter­ing to par­tic­i­pate fol­low­ing the one-month ap­pli­ca­tion pe­riod an­nounced by Bet­way in Septem­ber.

“The Bet­way Ta­lent Search is aimed at de­vel­op­ing an ex­cit­ing gen­er­a­tion of foot­ball stars and of­fer them the right ex­po­sure to the soc­cer world. I would love to see Kenyan play­ers among top play­ers on the African con­ti­nent and I be­lieve this coun­try is ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing top-level foot­ballers,” said Wanja Gikonyo, Bet­way coun­try man­ager.

Bet­way ta­lent search is an ini­tia­tive or­gan­ised by Bet­way Kenya and launched in Septem­ber 2016 to of­fer 1600 as­pir­ing foot­ballers, the chance to qual­ify for an elite foot­ball train­ing camp.



Coach Fran­cis Ki­manzi giv­ing in­struc­tions to par­tic­i­pants dur­ing the Bet­way ta­lent search at Goan In­sti­tute field.

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