400 out of the selected 1600 upcoming footballers took part in the inaugural Betway Talent search trials that was held on Saturday at GOAN Institute of Studies in Ngara,Nairobi.
Another group of 400 is expected to participate in the second day of the Betway organized event that is scheduled for Sunday October 16 at the same venue.
According to Betway Kenya Country Manager Wanja Gikonyo the initiative is the first among many that Betway will be implementing in Kenya as part of the broader brand strategy which is aimed at growing talents.
Speaking during the event Gikonyo said “this is an initiative that we have taken to uplift soccer in the country,awareness and also give players a platform to showcase their skills.
During the event skills are tested under the watchful eyes of local and international scouts as they compete for a place in the final 16 (2 goalkeepers and 14 infield players) who will get a chance to attend a specialized football training camp in November 2016.
“Entrants stand a chance to qualify for a 3 day elite football training with West Ham and Mathare United in the event that is organized by Betway soon after the trials” added Gikonyo.
The camp will be headed by KPL’s Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi,coaching staff from West Ham United in UK and local legend Dennis Oliech.
“It is a good opportunity for our young people to have an experience of how a professional league operates”
The second Batch is expected to attend the trials in October 29-30.