Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho stands out as a success in youth football in Africa, the youngster having staked his claim for a starting place in Manchester City and capped it with crucial goals for the team.
His rise, is an example even to the Kenyan national team and the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Technical Director Andreas Spiers says with the current Kenya U17 team, he wants to unearth such talents.
Spiers, while stating his ambitions with the youth team cited Iheanacho who was a revelation in the 2013 African U-17 Championship in Morocco, as one example that proves talents can be nurtured and make great impact in the game.
“Not everyone can be a star but they can take Iheanacho as an example. Not every one of them will feature in the prestigious leagues but at least seeing them in the country’s (KPL) teams will point to some improvement and that’s all we want to see as a technical bench,” Spiers said.
The Kenya U17 team is pooled in Group B of the COSAFA U17 tournament, alongside Zambia, Madagascar and Malawi.