FC Talanta target Kenyan Premier League slot

By -Oscar Pilipili: Monday, February 3rd 2014 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Football

By Oscar Pilipili

FC Talanta officials and players.

FC Talanta have beefed up their squad in readiness for the 2014 Football Kenya Federation Super League.

The Communications Commission of Kenya-sponsored team completed a weeks training at Kigari Teachers Training College in Embu last Friday.

Commissioner for Sports Gordon Oluoch and Eliud Wambua of Ministry of Education graced closing ceremony.

The Ministry of Sports through Oluoch confirmed that the club had been now adopted as a model to be replicated in all counties.

“FC Talanta is a role model that should be initiated in all counties. Talanta team enjoys unrivalled support and I see no reason why you should not qualify for premiership next season,” Oluoch told players.

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Captain Shella Mandela said: “The training has offered us great psychological preparation for the competition ahead and all players are positive about playing at higher level next season.”

The club confirmed its team based on its National Youth Talent Academy programme –NYTA structure established in 2009 by the government/Unicef.

Players retained from the 2013 squad are: Patrick Muchiri, Joseph Onyango, Calvince Oketch, Mussa Bashir, Job Tinyo, Benjamin Terra and Hassan Abdiraman.

Others are Dennis Onyancha, Joshua Ngugi, Martin Lemayan, Moses Kiplagat, Anthony Karanja, Haggand Barasa, Peter Kamau, Teddy Okumba and Shella Mandela.

NYTA graduates who are back to the team are Victor Okullu who joined City Stars in 2010 for professional development and Aziz Okaka who went to Sony Sugar in 2012 in a similar arrangement.

Kennedy Ochieng who joined Nairobi Stima in 2013 has also rejoined Talanta.

Other NYTA graduates back to the team are th Kakamega High duo of Michael Wandera and Bernard Ongoma who joined AFC Leopards.

Other former NYTA and Kakamega graduates who will play for the team are Bernard Amianda formerly of Tusker and Timothy Otieno of JMJ Academy.

Mohammed Suleiman (Isiolo High) and Simon Mwalimu (Upper Hill) have also joined Talanta.

Trainees picked from the NYTA 2013/14 programme are: Joshua Mawira of Meru county, Daniel Opondo (Kisumu), Sadam Isaack (Laikipia), Kennedy Ochieng (Homa Bay) and Marvin Dacha (Siaya).

The NYTA runs a national annual scholarship programme in four football based high schools namely Upper Hill, Kakamega, Dadaab and Isiolo as well as the national out of school centre run by MOSAC.

Talanta was developed as a national soccer incubator to  develop players for other  clubs as a means of gaining employment. —[email protected]

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