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Kenyans eye Aspire Academy slots in Qatar, Senegal

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Oliver Maloba (left) of Nairobi City Stars FC challenges Khalid Jumaan of AFC Leopards SC ...
Oliver Maloba (left) of Nairobi City Stars FC challenges Khalid Jumaan of AFC Leopards SC during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Nyayo National stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on April 04, 2016. Jumaan is one of the Aspire Academy beneficiaries. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

Fourteen Kenyans are among 60 players from East Africa chasing slots to train at the Aspire Academy in Qatar and Senegal.

At least 10 boys will be selected on Thursday at the 10th annual Aspire Football Dreams programme that seeks to give young teenagers a chance to showcase their skills and put them on the path towards professional football.

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The final round of demonstrations began on Monday at the Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi and has drawn 13-year old boys neighboring Kenya (14), Rwanda (4 finalists), Tanzania (14 finalists) and Uganda (18 finalists).

There will be three stages for trials where the best two to four players of each participating country and the best three goalkeepers will head to Aspire Academy in Qatar for a three-week final testing phase where 20 best players from around the world will be put on full scholarships to pursue the opportunity of becoming a professional footballer.

On Thursday the team that will join the 10th annual Aspire Football Dreams (AFD) programme that seeks to give young teenagers a chance to showcase their skills and put them on the path towards professional football will be named.

Some of the players who have benefited from the programme include; Khalid Jumaan of AFC Leopards and a former U20 national team player, Joseph Wanyonyi of Tusker FC.

Uganda’s Ivan Ssekaza, formerly of Western Stima FC; Yoweri Kisakye, Lweza FC (Uganda), Kaweke Sophas and Azake Luboyera who play for the Cranes U23; Rwanda’s Blaise Itangishaka and the Tanzania trio of Orgeness Sifael, Victor Matovu and Daudi Nasry Azizi are currently in the academy in Senegal.

Kenya’s Bebeto Ronald is set to join the academy in September 2016.

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