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Kenya was the most represented country for an exclusive training camp with Arsenal’s coaches. The seven coaches were shortlisted among 25 applicants from the WorldRemit Future Stars Football. This was a programme which was started in August to help African coaches get a chance to train with Arsenal coaches in London.
Out of the 25, five finalists will be chosen by the judges. They will then compete for a chance to train with Arsenal coaches.
Kenyan coaches represent 1out of 3 coaches chosen. This depicts the importance of training youth football in the country. Here is a look at these seven coaches in detail and their impact on the Kenyan youth football.
- Beldine Odemba-Nairobi.
Beldine Odemba is the only woman in her community who trains an all-male football team. She is the coach for Kariobangi Sharks under 13 and Under 17 teams.
Her goal is to be able to help the youth to improve their football skills. Her community has acknowledged her efforts and her ability to sustain in a male-dominated field.
She would really like to improve her skills am techniques. This would ensure that she helps the wider community scene of football in the whole country.
- Iddi Badi-Nairobi.
Iddi Bado is the coach for under 11 and Under 14 boys teams of Ligi Ndogo. According to him, football is a great platform which has impacted young boys lives positively. It has given them a sense of direction not to indulge in harmful things such as drugs and joining gangs.
His main goal is to help coaches from various schools improve in their skills. He would like to organize teaching seminars where coaches would learn how to improve the youth’s skills and techniques.
- Kevin Oduor Akumu- Nairobi
Kibera slum is the biggest slum in the country and the whole of the African continent. This means that many people from this area are poverty struck and live below the minimum wage.
Kevin Akumu Faces Sports Academy to give children of all walks of life a chance at playing football. This is after he saw how children especially from Kibera who had a passion for football not been accepted in various football academies.
The Faces Sports Academy currently has sixty boys and girls who train under it. They are of different ages but they all share a passion for football. Akumu is planning to improve his skills so he can better these kids lives.
- Mutinda Irene Mutindi-Kiambu
Mutindi hails from Kiambu county and is a coach for both boys and girls in Ruiru. She is a passionate footballer and has taken the task to encourage young girls to get into football.
- Samira Schwarz-Nairobi
Samira is a football coach at Knights Academy. She took the task so that she could bond with her son.
Samira aims to impact kids lives so that they can excel in football. Most of these kids hail from the slum and she feels they need something to impact their lives.
- Stephen Githinji-Nairobi.
Stephen trains both boys and girls at Premiere Academy. He seeks to improve kids life skills such as making proper decisions and self-control.
- Hamisi Mohammed.
Hamisi is the founder of Young Talents Soccer Academy in Ngong. He started the Academy 10 years ago with his friends. He seeks to help his community avoid falling into tribalism, drug abuse and crime.
He is the only Kenyan who made it to the final six shortlists.