NAIROBI, Kenya, April 12- The British Army Training Unit in Kenya (BATUK) will be participating in the second edition of the Laikipia Unity Cup that kicks off on Friday at the North Kenya Polo Fields, Timau – hosts of first of five regional events in the district.
Playing in the event for the first time, BATUK, who have been training under a specially flown in football coach from the United Kingdom, will have to fight off stiff competition from Kisima, the defenders of the Eastern region title.
And seasoned teams like Borana, Lewa Rhinos, Marania AFC and Wheat Lands who all played in the inaugural event in the year 2010 will be playing for the winner and runner-up medals. Prizes are also awarded to the player of the tournament.
BATUK, partners of the Laikipia Unity Cup, provide infrastructure and logistical support for the players’ accommodation and pitches at the three-day events.
But the honour to represent Eastern region, as a player at the finals on May 22, in the presence of the event Patron, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o will be much fought for.
And the format of the tournament is similar to the inaugural edition of 2010.
After each event, the best players will be selected to form a combined team to represent their respective region at the finals.
Team selection is done by coaches from Mathare Youth Sports Association who this week, will conduct coaching clinics for the youth of Timau region.
Joining them will be the world famous Street Football World East Africa Network called Society Empowerment Project from Oyugis, Nyanza County.
The Eastern Grevys select team, will be coached by MYSA and will play a select side on Sunday April in preparation for the finals in May.
The four other regional events will be held next weekend at Endana Primary School (Central); April 27 to 29 at Kimanjo Primary School (Uaso Nyiro); May 4 to 6 at Ol Maisor Primary School (Ewaso Narok) and 11-13th May at Kinamba Primary School (North Western).