Kenya: CS Namwamba kickstarts National Talent Selection Program

Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of youth affairs sports and the arts, Ababu Namwamba, started the National Talent Selection Program exercise at the Bukhungu Stadium. Here he watched a game between Kakamega Boys and Musingu High School, with scouts drawn from the Kenya Academy of Sports present and actively scouting for top talents.

The Ministry hosted the scouting exercise in Busia, Kakamega and Vihiga counties. The Secondary School Ball Games finals took place in these counties on Sunday, July 9, 2023. The Ministry targets to recruit 2000 top talents from the exercise. The ministry will further invite them to a talent training camp at Kasarani under the Kenya Academy of Sports.

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“This is a platform we are creating for our local talents to be coached by top coaches, including our ex-internationals, and a chance to be scouted by local and internationally acclaimed scouts who we have invited,” remarked the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Youth Affairs, the Arts and Sports.

CS Ababu Namwamba, added that under the #TalantaHela initiative, his Ministry is deliberate and intentional in its mission to identify and develop talents right from the grassroots. They have dubbed this initiative as #TalantaMashinani. It will help monetise the people’s talents and create livelihoods for them.

“We know that the school ecosystem is a breeding ground for talents. This is why we are setting off our talent search program from our schools in our journey to revive our sporting ecosystem,” he said. “We are doing this in collaboration with The Ministry of Education,” he added.

The Cabinet Secretary traversed the three counties. He watching several football matches during his scouting initiative. The matches , including Shanderema Sec. Vs Lugusi Sec. in Kakamega County, the finals between Vihiga Boys and Emusire Boys in Vihiga County and ending the day with a scintillating final between John Osogo High Vs Madende Sec.

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