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Kenya needs good football coaches, says German legend Mattaus

first_img0Shares0000Lothar 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)last_img read more

Manchester City midfielder set for ten-week lay-off

first_img Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has announced he faces 10 weeks out of action after damaging his knee and ankle against Everton.The Belgian suffered his injury setback late in the League Cup semi-final win over Everton on Wednesday, having come off the bench during the second half and changed the game with a goal and an assist.His efforts helped to set up a trip to Wembley for City next month, when Liverpool await them, but cruelly De Bruyne is set to miss that occasion along with important Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup games.De Bruyne wrote on Twitter: “Just got back from the specialist. I’ll be out for around 10 weeks.“I’ll work hard on my recovery and hope to be back on the pitch asap. Thank you all for the supportive messages!”City won the second leg 3-1 to take the tie 4-3 on aggregate, with De Bruyne’s appearance ending when the 24-year-old appeared to get his studs caught in the turf and then landed on his knee.He stands to miss both legs of City’s Champions League last-16 clash with Dynamo Kiev, the Wembley clash with Liverpool on February 28 and the Premier League derby against Manchester United on March 20.If the 10-week forecast proves accurate, De Bruyne should be back in contention to feature against his former club Chelsea on April 16.He should also be back in time to play enough football to assure Belgium of his fitness ahead of their Euro 2016 campaign. 1last_img read more