Ten-Tacticians Benefit From Hull City 'Coaches To Count On' Training In Kenya

May 10 - by Erick Ochieng for SportPesa News

The coaches trained were selected based on a course being offered by Football Kenya Federation since 2016

Local coaches celebrate with Hull City FC trainers following completion of 'Coaches To Count On' Training In Kenya on April 9, 2019. PHOTO/ BRIAN KINYANJUI

  • Ten local coaches benefited from a three-day football training held by officials from English Championships side, Hull City FC at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies(KSMS) in Nairobi
  • Achieng was optimistic that the skills acquired will help her team to bag a fourth title in the ongoing Kenya Women Premier League
  • Harambee Starlets coach David Ouma who was impressed with the initiative was grateful for the opportunity to bring experts to help achieve and develop football in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya- Ten local coaches benefited from a three-day football clinic held by elite coaches from English Championships side, Hull City FC at a local institute in Nairobi.

The initiative dubbed ‘Coaches to Count On’ was organized by business and technology firm SportPesa and is aimed at improving the standards of the game across Africa. 

“I’m thankful for this rare opportunity, I have acquired new skills which will help my team to get back to winning ways.

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“I hope to attend more of these sessions in the future,” Thika Queens head coach Benta Achieng underlined.

Achieng was optimistic that the skills acquired will help her team to bag a fourth title in the ongoing Kenya Women Premier League.

The coaches trained were selected based on a course being offered by Football Kenya Federation since 2016. Seven male and three female from across the country qualified for the training.

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“This program is meant to impart knowledge to local teams through their coaches who engaged in the workshop.

“It’s our firm belief that this effort will take the game to the next level,” SportPesa Marketing Operations Manager Patricia Munyororo, who graced the closing ceremony on Thursday, underscored.

Hull City academy coach Richard O’Donnell who took the participants through the exercises believes Kenya  has talent which the program is striving to unearth.

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“From this seminar, the coaches we have trained will be able to understand some of the challenges that the players undergo and will be able to empower and mentor them,” O’Donnell highlighted.

“We now understand the environment better since we’ve been here before and would love to come back to share more on football cultures,” he added.

Harambee Starlets coach David Ouma who was impressed with the initiative was grateful for the opportunity to bring experts to help achieve and develop football in Kenya.

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SportPesa has held several such clinics before in collaboration with English Premier League partners Arsenal FC, Southampton FC and Hull City FC. 

Through the ‘Coaches to Count On’ initiative, Arsenal tacticians were able to conduct clinics in South Africa between April 8 to 10 as Southampton FC officials concluded their session in Tanzania last week. 

-Anthony Mwaki contributed in this article