Why Bahati football stars in Nakuru are lucky: The Standard Sports

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Leon Osoro, 18, was unveiled as a professional footballer at Allicante FC in Spain. [File, Standard]

While coaches mainly look to major cities and towns for football talent, very few look to Nakuru for such exercise.

Bahati, an area that had been overlooked over the years, however, seems to be the hub of future football stars.

Over the years, what many would do was organize football tournaments. It was the norm until 18-year-old Leon Osoro got the chance to dribble the ball across the dusty pitches.

Osoro impressed at the tournament and eventually got his chance to be unveiled as a professional footballer, plying his trade for Alicante FC in Alicante City, Spain. And with this signing, his journey to stardom has only just begun.

The boy has already left for trials and he is ready to start his four-year contract with one of the lower division clubs while continuing his university studies.

And as he was scouted by a panel of experienced Kenyan coaches led by former Coast Stars and Tusker FC midfielder David Kenga of Elite Soccer Training in South Carolina, United States of America and Bob Oyugi from the Education in Sports Academy in Nairobi, the move has been met with excitement. and more interest in sports around Bahati sub-county.

“I am very happy to be here (Alicante FC). It’s a quiet town and the people at the academy are very friendly. It’s a great place for anyone hoping to become a professional footballer,” Osoro said. standard sports in an interview.

Irene Njoki, director of Mrembo Na Kazi football bonanza, shoots a penalty during the launch of the event at Lemuko Primary School in Kabatini, Bahati constituency on February 27, 2022. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]

“That’s why we place a lot of importance on raising a child while pursuing a career in football. When a player excels in both, it gives us more time to look for a scholarship,” said Oyugi. standard sports.

The new development has also inspired Bahati’s youth footballers, who compete in the Kenya Football Federation’s divisional and regional leagues.

When Kenga and Oyugi returned for the Mrembo Na Kazi Bonanza football this weekend, the interest in the sport was evident from the number of teams taking part in the tournament.

“Ours is to continue the talent search mission and eventually award full athletic scholarships to deserving players,” Oyugi said.

The duo also trained coaches for a week before rewarding them with certificates.

Kenya Football Coaches Association (KENFOCA) Vice President Peter ‘Kempes’ Kamau called on the youngsters to seize the opportunity and improve their lives.

“Such opportunities are rare and these youngsters should take this opportunity to have their talents assessed by these coaches and later become football greats,” said Kamau, who is a former Shabana FC and Kisumu Posta winger.

Oyugi said they are looking for youngsters who have the ability to excel in talent oriented here and in different parts of the country.

“We approached the coaches of several top Premier League clubs to take advantage of our training sessions and assess the ability of these players with a possibility if they could fit into their outfits,” Oyugi said.

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