Talent galore as FKF Nakuru Junior League kicks off
Skillful Teens of Hope made easy work of Liquid youth as the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Nakuru County Branch Under-13 and Under-15 youth leagues kicked off at the Kihoto Grounds in Naivasha over the weekend.
Skill and talent reigned supreme as the youth of hope from the sprawling Karagita estate showed off their immense talent, toying with their opponents with deft touches and one-touch football to win their first match of the day 2-0.
The skilful and immensely talented U-13 side from the sprawling Karagita Estate were the crowd’s darlings with their efficient football brand. On the scoresheet was Abdi Mohamed, who finished off a free-flowing move by the youngsters in the 27th minute.
Eliud Edapal scored the second goal in the 70th minute after another fine passing move as their tired opponents retreated to defend their goal.
In the second match between Gold Stone of Maai Mahiu and New Hope FC, speedy winger Ryan Nyamora scored a hat-trick as his side outplayed their opponents in a one-sided encounter that ended with a comfortable 4-0 win.
Muriti Liman added the fourth after great work from the prolific Nyamora as the league got off to a flying start in Naivasha Sub County.
FKF youth committee chairman Chris Amimo said the federation’s head office spearheaded the initiative to start a youth league in all the sub-counties.
“We started in Nairobi last month, today we are in Nakuru and are expected to move to Mombasa in the coming days,” said the football official, who explained that the main objective of the league is to expose talented youngsters to competitive football at a tender age.
“The tradition has been that players in their prime get involved in competitive leagues, making it difficult for the country to become competitive,” said Amimo.
On his part, Francis Oliele, FKF Nakuru County chairman, said they were committed to developing talent across the country.
“Basically, today marked the start of the Nakuru County tournament,” he said.
He expressed satisfaction with the games played, pointing out the immensely talented youngsters from Karagita.
Sanctuary Youth Football Academy (SYFA) official Douglas Omendo welcomed the federation’s move, describing it as “the right way to go”.
The tournament was launched in line with FKF’s commitment to identifying, nurturing and showcasing talent.