Six players from the East African region have been selected for the Aspire Football Dreams (AFD) after four days of training conducted at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC) Kasarani from Monday 13 – Thursday 16 June.
None of the six was Kenyan with three Ugandans and three Tanzanians selected to advance to the final round of selection in Qatar where they will meet players from other parts of the world from which 18 – 20 players will be selected in the final process and granted scholarships to develop their careers.
Previously, only three players from the region got the chance and Steve Othoro, the AFD Director for Kenya said the expansion to six this year was based on the immense talent seen in the selection.
He however stated that for the good of the players, the names of the selected players will not be made public for now.
“In the past we have selected three from this region but this time the level of play was very high. We do not reveal the identities of the boys for now until after the last round of selection in Qatar to keep off coaches and agents who target them and lure them from the academy,” Othoro said.
Former AFC Leopards midfielders Khalid Jumaan and Joseph Wanyonyi passed through the Aspire Academy.