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Ex-Manchester United striker York due in Kenya

10 September 2013, 12:35

Nairobi -  Former Manchester United star striker Dwight Yorke arrived in Kenya on Tuesday for a three-day visit courtesy of the Airtel Rising Stars program.

The Trinidad and Tobago national will conduct a coaching clinic for two schools in Nairobi namely Upper Hill and Olympic High that will represent the country during the Airtel Rising Stars Africa championship in Nigeria next week.

According to the integrated communication firm's brand and corporate director, Dick Omondi, Yorke will also visit the expansive Mukuru Kwa Njenga slums in Nairobi.

Yorke, 43, had a successful stint at United from 1998 to 2002. During the four seasons, 'The Smiling Assassin' formed a potent strike partnership with English forward Andy Cole leading the EPL titleholders to an unprecedented Treble in 1999 after winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League that season.

Yorke's colorful career at United, after arriving from Aston Villa, saw him score 66 goals in 152 appearances.

Towards the end of his playing, he also played for Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, Sydney FC and Sunderland.

He then turned to management when he served as the assistant manager of the Trinidad and Tobago national team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. Yorke is currently an assistant coach for the Red Devils' reserves.

Yorke's arrival is a follow up to last month's visit by officials from Manchester United.

Led by Head of Marketing Jonathan Rigby, the club officials attended the national finals in the Eastern Kenyan town of Embu last month to assess the progress made in youth football since the launch of Airtel Rising Stars competition two years ago.

Upper Hill and Olympic will be up against opponents from 14 African nations.

The Africa championship will attract teams from some of Africa powerhouses in the under 17 age group such as Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, DRC pitted against upcoming nations such as Gabon, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Burkina Faso amongst others.

The tournament will comprise of a preliminary qualifying round, a knockout round and a final. 


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