We Have Already Reached 45,000 Youngsters Countrywide, Says FKF CEO

We Have Already Reached 45,000 Youngsters Countrywide, Says FKF CEO 1

The leagues, he said, had drawn a large pool of talented players who could readily be drafted for national assignments presently and in the future.”

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FKF CEO Barry Otieno (right) and the federation president Nick Mwendwa at a recent function.
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For the past four years, 45,000 youngsters have benefitted from a comprehensive nationwide youth development program rolled out by Football Kenya Federation (FKF), CEO Barry Otieno has said.

Speaking on Wednesday, Otieno said that the federation had already established and was currently running national youth elite leagues for both the under 13 and under 15 age categories.

The leagues, he said, had drawn a large pool of talented players who could readily be drafted for national assignments presently and in the future.

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Kenya U-15 midfielder Japheth Mzungu (left) engages Binny Sharma from Empower Teens organisation at the Center of Excellence at Thome.

“The leagues led to the establishment of the first ever U-13/U-15 national team, which represented the country in the Southampton Cup, Spain’s MIC tournament and the 2019 CECAFA U-15 tournament, where the team emerged 1st Runners up,” said Otieno.

Thome Homeschooling Program

Otieno said that the federation had struck a partnership whereby besides the youngsters being offered the opportunity to hone their skills in football, they would also have their academics catered for through a homeschooling program.

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“The national U-15 team, which camps at the FKF Center of Excellence in Thome and trains at Wadi Degla has been enrolled in a home schooling program in a bid to wholesomely and consistently develop the players.”

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