Bandari Youth coach Abdallah calls for the reintroduction of Under-20 League

Bandari Youth coach Abdallah calls for the reintroduction of Under-20 League
Abdallah(centre) wants the introduction of the Under-20 League. PHOTO/Courtesy/Bandari

In Summary

  • Abdallah is credited with nurturing several talents among them Aboud Omar

Bandari Youth coach Swaleh Abdallah ‘Sunda’ has called on football stakeholders to reintroduce the Under-20 League if Kenya is to produce top players for the future.

According to Sunda, it is through youth structures that the top tier league can have strong teams and spend less on transfers due to readily available talents from their junior ranks.

“We cannot just have ready-made players; we need to mould them and it will be easier through the Under 20 league which was here earlier,”said Sunda.

The tactician who guided Serani Secondary School to Copa Coca-cola national title last year has at the same time said the Coronavirus pandemic has ruined his plans for this year as they started training early January only for the games to be postponed.

“We wanted to start where we left last year but the good part is that the pupils will repeat their academic year and I will still have my players.”

Sunda is a renowned youth tactician and is credited for mentoring the likes of Harambee Stars full back Abdu Omar, Ismail Dunga of FK Tirana, Mohammed Katana ‘Agege’, Mohammed Hassan ‘Rio’ of Ulinzi Stars among others.

Due to the pandemic, it remains unclear when sports activities will resume in the country.

A task force formed by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed to advice on the way forward is yet to submit its report.

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