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Soccer clinic comes to a close on a high note

29 April 2014, 08:16 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - The five-day Airtel Rising Stars Africa Soccer Clinic came to a climax Monday with the young starlets yearning to use newly acquired skills to enhance their prospects of becoming football stars in their respective countries.

Coaches from Manchester United Soccer Schools facilitated the soccer clinic that attracted over 70 participants from Kenya, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, DRC, Niger, Madagascar, Gabon, Seychelles and Tanzania held in Dar es Salaam.

 The clinic offered youngsters from across Africa an opportunity to develop their skills under the Manchester United Soccer Schools curriculum which intends to produce well balanced soccer players.

The two coaches Neil Scott and Andrew Stokes undertook a rigorous program covering the technical, physical and behavioral aspects of soccer.

“The Manchester United Coaches in partnership with Airtel have done a great job in training the youngsters and I call on soccer federations and clubs in the respective countries represented to give the emerging talent an opportunity in their clubs. They have displayed great skill and there is great potential in them,” said Levi Nyakundi, Airtel Tanzania Marketing Director, during the closing ceremony held at Azam Stadium Complex, Chamazi.

He further commented, “Over 80 talented youngsters have been spotted through this program since inception, and are now playing in various youth national teams. We hope more of the talent who participate in the ARS tournament will dominate the under 20 national teams.”

The program provides a platform for upcoming soccer talent under the age of seventeen, both boys and girls, to showcase their skills to leading scouts.

The Tanzania head coach of the national women soccer team, Rogasian Kaijage was emphatic on the need for clubs to invest in young talent. Mr. Kaijage, who had the privilege of attending the entire program, said “it is the investment by clubs in the youth that provides an impetus to continuously develop skills onto a national stage.”

The closing of the clinic paves a way for the beginning of season four of the Airtel Rising Stars tournament which culminates in an inter-country festival, bringing together the best players from 17 participating countries across Africa.

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