Former Germany and Fc Bayern Munchen skipper Lothar Mathaus will set foot in Kenya on 19th and 20th September, it was announced in Nairobi on Monday.
The announcement was made by main sponsors, pay TV company star times who will facilitate the Bundesliga legend’s two day tour in Kenya in conjunction with former Harambee stars player and KCB coach Rishadi Shedu.
“This is such an amazing opportunity to have such a legend to not only visit us, but also to share his vast football knowledge to us coaches and the upcoming talents next week,” said Star football academy coach Rishadi Shedu as he confirmed that Lothar Mathaus is indeed coming to Kenya.
Shedu, a former Harambee stars player who was forced into early retirement in 1985 by an injury and opted into coaching highly praised the pay TV’s efforts to bring former world superstars into the Kenya. “This helps us a lot because most of us players, coaches and football administrators have no idea what football management if done properly can result into. We need to see how other developed countries have produced in terms of accomplished footballers such as Lothar Mathaus who have served both club and country and have dazzled the world of football,” added the man who was the first coach and founder of 2010 KPL champions, Nakuru based Ulinzi stars Fc and later went on to coach Bandari fc and KCB Fc.
Two other football academies apart from Star football will also have a taste of German football training. Bob Munro’s Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA), which is the feeder of 2008 KPL champions, Nairobi based Mathare United Fc and Riruta Youth Sports Association (RYSA) will have their young ones trained by the 56 year old Lothar Mathaus.
“The visit of Lothar Matheus is a huge boost to us. He will conduct football clinics here in Nairobi at the MYSA center in Komarock. This is a huge opportunity for our young talent to learn from a visiting legend. As a brand we are committed to not only bringing Bundesliga matches on TV at affordable rates so that our young footballers can enjoy them, but also hoping to nurture home grown talent by having legends come and have a one on one session on the ground with us,” retorted star times director of brand marketing and PR Mr. Japheth Akhulia.
Mathaus capped 150 times by Die Mannschaft, Germany’s men football national side, won the 1990 world cup in Italy as Germany’s captain and the following year in 1991 was named FIFA world player of the year. With an unmatched 464 games played in the German football league Bundesliga, he scored 121 stunning goals when he featured energetically for Borrusia Moncheglabach and later for the ‘Bavarians’, champions Fc Bayern Munich before having a stint at the Sansiro in Italy with Serie A giants Intermilan in 1988 untill 1992 when he returned to Germany.
The box to box central midfielder also played in five FIFA World Cups (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998), more than any other outfield player in men's football, and holds the record for the most World Cup matches played by a single player (25 games). He also won UEFA Euro 1980, and played in the 1984, 1988, and 2000 UEFA European Football Championships. In 1999, aged 38, he was again voted German Footballer of the Year, having previously won the award in 1990 and indeed confirming his legendary status in the world of football.