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Oliech launches Football Academy


Ken Oliech Academy

Kenyan Premier League Chief Executive Jack Oguda has aplauded the efforts of Former Gor Mahia striker Ken Oliech, towards development of youth football.

“This is a step in the right direction and we call upon other former players to help in nurturing young talents,” Oguda said.

Oliech, last week launched a football academy to tap young and upcoming football talents in Nairobi.

Under the flagship of Ken Oliech Foundation, Oliech seeks to tap into the vast talent that he says go to waste due to lack of adequate foundation and training on football basics.

Total of 40 slum kids

“I was lucky to have had elder brothers who took me through the ropes of football development. However, it is sad to note that there are good boys and girls who never achieve their dreams and goals simply because there was no one to hold their hands,” Oliech told The Nairobian.

The brother to Harambee Stars Ace Dennis ‘the Menace’ Oliech, the former Gor captain, already has an up and running talent academy based in Kibera’s Woodley grounds. Dubbed Young Stars, the academy has 40 slum kids

“We coach them every weekend during the school days and daily when schools are closed,” explains Daniel Matengo, the academy’s head coach.

Matengo, formerly of Gor Mahia says that even though he didn’t get to play in the top flight European football he would like to impact positively on the life of the upcoming footballers so that one day, one of the young stars will get a chance to fulfill his dream.

Now a manager of Mama Oliech Restaurant at Chaka Place in Hurlingham Nairobi, Oliech will this Saturday, March 1, 2014 launch the first academy out of Kibera.

“We have hired Strathmore University grounds in Makadara where we seek to expand the coaching of young talents every weekend. The idea is to open  another centre was brought by the need to reach out to children who live along the environs of Lang’ata, Upper hill and both South B and C,”

Oliech says that plans are in place to expand to Buru Buru estate in Eastlands too.


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