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Kenyan youngsters to attend Man Utd training clinic in Dar

23 April 2014, 08:01

Nairobi - Four secondary school players from Kenya will attend soccer clinics conducted by coaches from the English Premier League (EPL) side, Manchester United, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The five-day clinic which begins on Wednesday will be held at the Chamazi Complex Stadium, which is home to Tanzanian Premier League side, Azam Football Club and aims at nurturing the talents of U-17 players who excelled during last year's Inter-continental tournament held in Nigeria in which 12 African countries participated.

The initiative, which targets both boys and girls, is part of the "Airtel Rising Stars" pan-African football program that provides a platform for upcoming soccer talent under the age of 17 to showcase their skills to leading scouts and coaches and also have an opportunity to further their football skills.

"The clinic will provide an opportunity for Africa's future stars to interact with the club's professional coaches who will impart crucial skills to the youngsters," Andre Beyers, Airtel Africa's Chief Marketing Officer said Tuesday in Nairobi.

"This is part of Africa's largest youth football development program in which over 400,000 young boys and girls are participating. Already 82 talented players have been selected to represent their national teams through this process."

Beyers said the program will continue to nurture young talent to make them stars of the future.

The four players will join others drawn from Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Chad, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, Congo Brazzaville, Niger, Zambia, Madagascar and hosts Tanzania.

The training will largely focus on key skills like passing, dribbling, and shooting as well as player discipline.

 - Xinhua

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