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Talent Search to pick 75 players nationally

02 August 2013, 13:02 Kelvin Karani Gitonga

New Talent Search trials kicked off on Sunday July 21 at Tudor Day Grounds in Mombasa County, attracting hundreds of youths from different parts of the coastal region.

Unemployed young footballers

The trials which were organized and sponsored by United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Ministry of sports saw unemployed youths, most of whom were football players, show their skills in the pitch, each working hard to be added in the selection list.

Speaking during the trials, the Chief Executive Officer for National Youth Academy Talent Douglas Ratemo said that they wanted to ensure that jobless youths become active in the society through the use of their talents.

“A research was conducted by UNICEF and Ministry of sports trying to find out what the unemployed youths could do and they realised that most of them are talented in different areas. We then took it as our responsibility to find out these talents and that is why we have organised these trials nationally,” said Ratemo.

He added that they are currently focusing on football and volleyball, despite more youths showing interest in rugby.

The trials are expected to run for six months nationally where 75 people will be selected in the first phase, and later select 25 players at the national level. However, he did not disclose the number they were going to pick from Mombasa.

Mwingi player were not competitive

“We cannot say how many players we are going to select from Coast region because we can also leave without any player. We were in Mwingi and we did not select any player since they were not competitive and if the condition remains the same in Mombasa, we will leave without anyone,” he said.

The 75 players selected will go for other trials in Nairobi and come up with a team that will play with both national and international teams.

Students were excluded from the exercise because of their curriculum since the period of trials would compromise their timetable.

“We are not involving students. We are only dealing with those who have finished their secondary school education and unemployed school drop outs,” said Ratemo.

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