Kioko, Kinya­jui picked for Bet­way West Ham tour

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - BY RAY­MOND OTIENO/

When Mark Kioko and Moses Kinyan­jui took up the Bet­way Tal­ent Search tri­als at Goan In­sti­tute in Pan­gani, lit­tle did they know that they were knock­ing on the doors to a life-time trip to a West Ham United ex­pe­ri­ence.

From the ini­tial 1600 play­ers, the coaches came up with 16, then they had to pick two after a friendly be­tween the elite play­ers and KPL side, Mathare United that ended 2-1 for the lat­ter.

Mathare United coach Fran­cis Ki­manzi, West Ham United coaches and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Bet­ting and Li­cens­ing Board had the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ar­riv­ing at the fi­nal two play­ers. Kinyan­jui, a Ban­dari Youth team player, and Kioko, a goal­keeper for Githu­rai Kimbo and Kib­era Black Stars, will join the West Ham Youth side in Lon­don for train­ing come early next year.

Kinyan­jui, an at­tack­ing mid­fielder, was noted for his pre­ci­sion and play-mak­ing skills de­spite hav­ing a chal­lenge in rais­ing the fare travel to the camp at Pan­gani.

“Ini­tially, I didnt have fare to come to Nairobi for the camp, but for­tu­nately, I got it at the last minute through the gen­er­ous sac­ri­fice of my par­ents. I ded­i­cate this to them,” said Kinyan­jui.

Kioko on the other hand, was lauded for his ex­cep­tional skill at the goal. Both up­com­ing stars ex­pressed op­ti­mism that the trip to the United King­dom would be a game changer for their ca­reers.

/ ENOS TECHE

Mark Nd­hiwa (L) and Moses Gi­tau cel­e­brate

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