Students Naim Ashraf (Nairobi Milimani), Mzee Ali (Tononoka High), Naomi Njeri (Matuu Memorial) and Emily Auma (Jara Secondary) were selected to attend the football clinic sponsored by the English Premiership champions following the culmination of the mobile communication service provider sponsored Airtel Rising Star Challenge competition.
“We are excited to send our young stars to learn from the best in this program that will make a positive impact in their personal lives.” Airtel head of public relations, Dick Omondi told reporters on Tuesday.
The quartet starred at the KSSSA term-two ball games held at Nairobi’s Moi Forces Academy and were selected by a panel of local coaches among them former national football team Harambee Stars head tacticians, Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee and Twahir Muhidin.
Others were former national team defender and AFC Leopards assistant, Mickey Weche and Florence Adhiambo, a prominent local women’s coach.
Representatives from Tanzania, Malawi and Sierra Leone will also join the camp that will run through to December 3.
Bryan Robson, the long-standing captain at the Old Trafford club will be on hand to open the Tanzania camp whose training curriculum will be based on the Manchester United Academy Programme.
Former United striker, Andy Cole, launched the partnership programme that also involves the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) with the English giants in Kenya when he paid the country a visit in June.
– Gloria Kendi