Former Barcelona coach lauds Kenyan golfers
11 January 2016, 15:04
Nairobi - Former Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola has praised Kenyan Golfers for their gallant performance both in local and International golf circuits.
He said Kenya is not only endowed with talent in athletics but also in Golf where he noted that the gap between amateurs and professionals was very marginal owing to the prevailing stiff completion.
Speaking at the Karen Golf Club, the former Barcelona coach who has been in the country for the last 10 days urged Kenyan golfers to remain focused and not relent in their performance.
He flew out of the country after enjoying a round of golf at the Nairobi’s Karen Country Club and viewing wild animals at the Masai Mara game reserve.
Accompanied by his wife Cristina Serra and children Maria, Marius and Valentina, Guardiola was given VIP treatment at Karen and honored as one of the most famous visitors to the club ever.
He avoided speaking about his future after quitting the Germany club.
"Ask me anything but not any issue involving Football. What I can assure you is that I have really enjoyed being in Kenya. It was a good outing for my family and I look forward to visiting Kenya in the near future. Indeed, I will be coming after enjoying the good scenery around backed with good hospitality," he said.
He hinted that he might come back in Kenya mid this year for the annual Kenya Open Golf tournament.
He played a four ball golf match with Karen Country Club members FG Kariuki, Lawrence Kiambi and club’s honorary treasurer Allan Wainaina.
He caused prolonged laughter when he said that he will make Kenya his second home and see whether Kenyan athletes can train him to become a speedy runner in the course.
The former Barcelona tactician who became the youngest managers in 2008 to win the European club Champions League with Barcelona, the world football icon could not avoid the attention of many local football followers even though his week-long Kenyan visit was strictly to holiday with his family.
He mingled with Kenyans freely both at the Masai Mara and Karen Golf club. Guardiola had earlier visited the Maasai Mara Game Reserve where he had flown upon landing at the JKIA aboard an Emirates flight from Dubai.
After leaving Barcelona, Guardiola joined Bayern Munich as manager for the 2013-14 season and in his first season at the club won the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal, the UEFA Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup among other global trophies.
Karen Country Club is home to the annual Kenya Open golf tournament, an European Challenge Tour event.
The club sits on a scenic 400 acres in Nairobi’s western suburbs and is an iconic championship course, one of the best in the world.
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