NAIROBI, February 15 – Liverpool FC legend John Barnes will visit Kenya next week to oversee the fourth Standard Chartered Road to Anfield tournament slatted for February 27 at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.
During his three-day tour, the former England national team winger will conduct coaching clinics to youth team coaches and have a training session for under-14 clubs.
“We have selected majority of the children and coaches from our Goal Corporate Social Responsibility programme which is designed to empower adolescent girls across the country,” Standard Chartered Bank CEO, Lamin Manjang disclosed.
Barnes who was born in Jamaica, had a successful career at Liverpool where he made 407 appearances scoring 108 goals and earned 79 caps in the England national team.
During his playing career Barnes who is a rapper was named the PFA Player of the Year twice (in 1987-88 and 1989-90) and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year once (in 1987-88).
The 52 year-old won two FA Cups with Liverpool (1988-89, 1991-92), one League Cup (1994-95) and three Charity Shield titles (1988, 1989, 1990).
In the run-up to England’s 1990 FIFA World Cup campaign he recorded a rap for the official team song, New Order’s “World in Motion” before being inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Twenty four teams will fight for a chance to travel to Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC, at the annual 5-aside knock out competition opened to corporate teams.
The winners will travel to the United Kingdom in April for a fully paid four-day trip to represent Kenya at the Standard Chartered Trophy Finals which will be played at Anfield.
In addition, the winning team will attend an English Premier League match at Anfield, and will benefit from a professional training session with Liverpool FC legends and coaches in preparation for the final tournament.
“Through this ongoing partnership with Liverpool FC, we are able to offer exclusive and exciting opportunities. This is a once-in-a-life-time experience for any football fan and we are delighted to be giving our clients and the media the opportunity to visit Anfield,” Manjang said.
Last year, Postal Corporation of Kenya who eliminated Capital FM in the finals to earn a ticket for the East African qualifier, won the ticket to represent the region where they finished runners-up to South Korea.
The Standard Chartered Trophy is held in select countries across Africa, Europe and Asia as part of the partnership between the Bank and Liverpool FC.
This follows the signing of a sponsorship deal between Standard Chartered Bank and Liverpool FC in September 2009, the largest commercial agreement in Liverpool’s history.