Lothar : Kenya has abundant talent


LISTEN KEENLY:Lothar gets busy at a football clinic in Nairobi where he imparts skills ...
LISTEN KEENLY:Lothar gets busy at a football clinic in Nairobi where he imparts skills on budding footballers.IMAGE/COURTESY

German soccer legend Lothar Matthaus believes Kenyan footballers can perform well in the Bundesliga.

Speaking in Nairobi where he conducted soccer clinics for Mathare Youth Sports Association under -16 and under -18 teams, the German great said that he was impressed with the sheer volume of raw talent in Kenya.

Matthaus said that Kenya could realise her dreams of reaching the World Cup finals if consistent soccer clinics and nurturing of young talent is made a primary goal.

Bundesliga legend Lothar Matthäus instructs Mercy Mwende of Mathare women football team at MYSA
Bundesliga legend Lothar Matthäus instructs Mercy Mwende of Mathare women football team at MYSA.Image/COURTESY

He said, “African footballers have a very good physique and I believe that they can adjust well in our league. Someone like Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang from Gambia has done pretty well. He was the 2016/17 season top scorer with 31 goals .That tells a lot,” said Matthaus.

Talent

The former Bayern Munich star called on his former team to develop a relationship with Kenya, adding that the country has a lot of football talent that can be nurtured.

“I’m impressed by the young ones. Their love for football is heartwarming. If they do more practice so that they do not lose the ball easily they will have a bright future,” he said, adding. “I hope the coaches have learnt a few tips from the brief sessions we had and can use it to improve,” Mattaus who also turned out for Italian Serie A side, Inter Milan, noted.

Roll the clock

Rolling back the clock on his glorious career that saw him become the first German to win the FIFA World Player of the Year, he soft spoken legend termed the experience as “humbling”.

GOLDEN DAYS:A proud Lothar kisses the golden World Cup trophy he won as captain of the German National Football Team in 1990 in West Germany.Imade/COURTESY.
GOLDEN DAYS:A proud Lothar kisses the golden World Cup trophy he won as captain of the German National Football Team in 1990 in West Germany.ImaGe/COURTESY.

“This(the Fifa award) can be a motivation to the young generation from Kenya to strive hard for the top honors .They also have look up several stars playing in the European league to look up to.

With his heroics now in the backburner, Matthaus has taken up several duties, including acting as an ambassador for corporate.

What of African teams; do they stand a chance at Russia 2018?

“They still have a long way to go to lift the cup since they will be meeting much stronger teams.”

The former midfielder was joined in his clinics by Rio Olympics and former javelin World Champion Julius Yego, a soccer enthusiast and ardent Arsenal fan.

Yego appealed to the Government to put up more football academies around the country.

REVERVSED ROLLS: Kenyan javelin great Julius Yego(R)attempts his luck on footbal by aiming for a throw as Lothar tries his skill on the javelin.Image/COURTESY
REVERSED ROLLS: Kenyan javelin great Julius Yego(R)attempts his luck on football by aiming for a throw as Lothar tries his skill on the javelin.Image/COURTESY

 

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