0Shares0000Lothar Matthäus, Former German captain joined by StarTimes Marketing manager Japheth Akhulia Startimes and Henning Brinkmann. Photo/DAVID OWIYONAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 – “For Kenya to realize the 2022 World Cup dream, they need to have good coaches and money from the government,” that is the message Germany football legend Lothar Matthäus sent to Kenya as he embarks on a two-day Bundesliga legends tour in the country.Lothar Matthäus, who is in Kenya courtesy of African broadcast partners StarTimes, however, believes with the love of football Kenyans have, they will achieve their target but only if there are proper academies equipped with facilities. “I don’t know much about Kenyan football. For a nation like Kenya to be successful in football, the kids need good coaches to tap their talent, need facilities and most important need money from the government,” Matthäus, Germany’s most capped player and former captain said.“The government needs to invest now for the future if Kenya is to achieve the 2022 World Cup dream. But you cannot change everything immediately, it’s a hard long work, I know Kenyans love football and they can do it,” the 56-year-old affirmed.Matthäus was pleased that Belgian forward Divock Origi, who has his roots in Kenya completed a season-long loan move to Bundasliga outfit Wolfsburg from Liverpool, noting that he will encourage many young Kenyans to work hard and be like him.“Origi has played 22 times for Belgium. Belgium is one of the best teams in the world and it has good players like Origi who are motivation to young players from Kenya. Players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was the Bundasliga top scorer last season and they are making the difference in the highest level, are a sign that Africa has good players.”Lothar Matthäus juggling the ball.Photo/DAVID OWIYOAs part of his tour in Kenya, the 1990 World Cup winner will conduct football clinics on Wednesday at the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA), Riruta Youth Sports Association (RYSA) and the Star Soccer Academy that is head by former Bandari and KCB coach Rishadi Shedu.Matthäus becomes the third Bundesliga legend to visit the country after the Nigerian duo of Nwanko Kanu and Sunday Oliseh toured last year.For the first time, MYSA will be hosting one of the StarTimes organized clinics and CEO Henry Majale has termed the move as one in the right direction in football development in the country.“I think this is a perfect opportunity for kids to learn from the very best. I believe they will get motivated in pursuing football more seriously,” Majale offered.The presence of Matthäus at the three academies will be a boost to their football ambitions, learning from one of football’s greats. He featured in 464 Bundesliga games for Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich, won seven league titles and scored 121 goals.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
1 Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle has turned down the chance to join Championship side Bristol City, talkSPORT understands.The ambitious Robins are willing to spend big to make an impact this season following their return to the second tier, and manager Steve Cotterill is keen to add firepower to his squad and identified Gayle as his main target.City agreed an extraordinary fee of around £8million for the 24-year-old hitman, who has fallen down the pecking order at Selhurst Park following the arrivals of Connor Wickham and Patrick Bamford this summer and was an unused substitute in the opening day win at Norwich.But Gayle, the Eagles’ top scorer last season with ten goals, has rejected a move back down from the Premier League.The former non-league striker joined Palace from League One Peterborough in 2013 for a then club record fee of £6m.There have been reports Gayle will be removed from Palace’s first-team squad and made to train with the Under-21s if he refused to join Bristol City, but the player is refusing to be pushed out.
Daniel O’Donnell has opened up his new visitor’s centre to give readers of Donegaldaily.com a sneak preview.The much-awaited Daniel O’Donnell Visitors’ Centre will not officially open its doors until Sunday.But the Kincasslagh star allowed us behind the scenes as the final touches were put to what is expected to become one of the biggest tourist attractions in the county. Daniel was in a bit of a hurry when we caught up with him this week as he made his way to a game of cards.He kindly posed for photos but then put Donegaldaily in the capable hands of wife Majella.He did have time to show us the make-shift storage room which holds the treasure-chest of memorabilia above The Stepping Stone bar on the town’s Main Street which is literally a shrine to the star.Not a hair out of place and looking nothing close to his half century, the millionaire singer admits that he hasn’t seen much of the memorabilia in recent years. “There’s so much stuff that I had actually forgotten about half of it because it has been stored away.“It brings back so many memories and I’m really delighted to see it coming together now,” he said.He says he is delighted with how things are shaping up.“I’m really looking forward t the day now – I think it’s going to be really lovely and it’ll be even better if we get the weather.”Daniel knows more than most how much Dungloe, Kincasslagh and Donegal has been hit by various recessions over the years. His father Francis was forced to work for years abroad in Scotland providing for Daniel’s mother Julia and his family.The visitor’s centre may not be a complete solution to this once thriving Co Donegal town’s woes, but it may breath new life into it.“That’s the hope. Sometimes we have to do things for ourselves and this is one of those times.“It’s starting to take shape and hopefully the fans will like it,” said Daniel. He checks if various things are being sorted and, as quickly as he strolled in, he’s away to keep his date at the card school.Wife Majella is left making sure the list of things to do are ticked off before Sunday’s grand opening.She moves form item to item, each piece telling a different chapter about her husband rags-to-riches success story.Pictures of Daniel and Cliff Richard, dozens of gold discs for millions of record sales and even a pair of cowboy boots and a Stetson which Daniel wore when he played the Grand Old Oprey.“There are so many great things here and he’s just so laid back about it all. He has never changed,” said Majella.Dressed casually in jeans and a t-shirt, Majella says she would prefer to leave the photographs until the grand opening.“I don’t even have any make-up on. Leave it until Sunday and we’ll get plenty of photos,” said the down-to-earth woman.Daniel’s best man PJ Sweeney looks like he is bursting with pride as he picks up item after item of personalised memorabilia.Among them is a handful of original vinyl albums signed by Daniel to a fan.“They’d be worth some money I think,” said PJ.Pat ‘Nora’ Gallagher, the man whose idea it was to set up the Daniel O’Donnell Visitor’s Centre, then arrives.He is a whirlwind of energy as he makes his way through the various rooms and corridors of the half-ready complex.He dodges painters, electricians and carpenters who are all trying to put the final touches to what could become the spark to ignite Dungloe’s tourism industry once again.“We’re certainly hoping so. The reaction to the centre has been nothing but positive from locals and from people around the world.“Travel company Tara Travel have already confirmed that 97 people will be travelling form Killarney to Donegal after Daniel’s concert in August to visit the centre.“That’s the kind of on-the-ground reaction that we need and we’re hoping that will continue,” he said.The well-known Donegal entrepreneur then takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the complex.Visitors – hopefully tens of thousands of them – will first see a 12 minute video of their hero’s life from growing up on The Hill in Kincasslagh to playing in front of millions of fans around the globe.Throughout the centre, Daniel’s achievements will be seen everywhere.From the actual This Is Your Life red book presented to him by Michael Aspel in 2000 to the silver MBE medal presented to him by Britain’s Prince Charles in 2001, it’s all here.There are at least 30 various gold and platinum discs as well as various items of clothing including Daniel’s wedding suit and Majella’s wedding dress which they worn in 2002.Around each corridor is yet another surprise which will leave Daniel fans thinking they have died and gone to Danielville!However the most appealing aspect of the centre for Daniel’s millions of fans worldwide will be the many personal items from Daniel’s early days.And one of the most fascinating will be Daniel’s first schoolbag – a brown leather travel case – which even contains some of his first copy books!“I can just picture him travelling off down the road to school carrying that,” laughed Majella.Come Sunday, the streets of Dungloe will be awash with thousands of people in what will be a poignant reminder of the days when the Mary From Dungloe Festival was in its heyday.Daniel will officially cut the chord and unveil a huge poster of himself outside the visitor’s centre with the words ‘Follow Your Dream.”Country singing stars including Lisa McHugh, Shaun Cuddy as well as Daniel and Majella will perform at a concert on the day.As our private tour comes to a quick end to allow the army of workers to get on with the task of having the centre ready, Majella decides to give the lift its maiden voyage.Thankfully she emerges below outside the Bank Bistro with one hundred and one jobs to do.“God, that wasn’t very smart. Could you imagine if I had have got stuck in it?” laughs the lovely Majella.Judging by the effort being put into it, there’s only one direction the Daniel O’Donnell Visitor’s Centre is going – through the roof!DANIEL OPENS THE DOORS OF HIS VISITORS CENTRE FOR A SNEAK PREVIEW was last modified: May 4th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:daniel o’donnellvisitor’s centre