- Watu Moja Kibra Foundation organized a Talent Development contest targeting Kibra-based footballers. Spartans FC attained a 5-2 derby victory over Alaqsa FC at Karanja grounds.
The tournament aimed at tapping and nurturing talent in the densely populated area by forming strong teams and nurturing them to reach the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Nairobi West Sub-County League level.
This was the dawn of a new era for Kibra’s youth as Spartans captain Mohammed Abdul commented on the importance of the event in sharpening players’ skills amid the coronavirus period.
“It was not an easy game since we had worthy challengers. By winning today, we inch closer to realising our dream of climbing up the ladder from the lowest league in the nation to the top-tier within a span of six years,” said Abdul.
The foundation intends to keep talented players away from crime. Yusuf Juma, one of the founders of the organization, believes such humble beginnings play a role in helping players attain the Harambee Stars jersey dream and even go international in the future.
“Since we have brought on board the Kanosh Foundation which is based in Ireland and partnered with Kevin Ochieng who currently resides in Germany, we can gift the teams with kits, over five balls and boots to use in the future,” explained Juma.
“Equipping the players with the right gear will help them in the commencement of their football journey and boost their confidence.” He added.
Hussein Bashir the chairman of the tournament shared his thoughts on the role of such contests in ensuring the national team do not experience a talent gap. He also stressed on the need to educate players on investment and savings for life after football.
“Our motto is built around capacity building where we are encouraging players to embrace the institutions of higher learning and help them have a back-up once their careers come to a halt,” said Bashir.