StanChart organisers team up with Diamond League Tournament

Liverpool legend Vladimir Smicer (centre) in action with Diamond FC players at Farasi Lane Primary and Secondary Schools, Nairobi yesterday. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

The Standard Chartered Bank has partnered with the Diamond League Tournament to grow football talent in Kenya's youth.

Diamond Football Club will organise a series of football clinics and tournaments for over 600 boys and girls.

Paul Njoki, Head of Affluent Banking and Wealth Management in Kenya and East Africa, said: "As a bank, we are keen to develop football talent within our country and beyond. This program will offer equal opportunities to both boys and girls giving them a chance to express themselves and realise their true football potential."

He added: "We will also leverage our partnership with Liverpool Football Club to help these young players set their eyes on playing in the big league." Liverpool legend Vladimir Smicer joined the young players in a football clinic at Farasi Lane venue.

Meanwhile former Liverpool midfielder Vladimir Smicer will join thousands of fans at the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon today.

Smicer said: "It's important to conserve the environment. Athletics is huge in Kenya. It will be a busy day."

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