by 30 March 2011, 17:04
The families of three players who excelled in the just ended Kenya/Brazil Football League have every reason to smile after their beloved talents earned an all paid-up trip to Brazil.
The trio, two boys and a girl all under 15 years will leave the country later this year for South America where they will receive advanced soccer training at the Palmeiras Sports Academy in Brazil.
John Macharia from Korogocho village, Kevin Owino (Kibera slums) and 13 year old Elizabeth Majuma from Kibera were all smiles when their names were picked by the Brazilian Football instructors who have been in the country for the last 10 days.
Elizabeth Majuma was unable to control her delight.She said the trip to Brazil would open new doors for other players. The Standard seven girl from Kibera’s Toy Primary school said she was overwhelmed and felt humbled when she was named among the top three for the Brazil trip.
"I had no doubt I will be picked since I have all the attributes of a soccer player. I can run for two hours non-stop with the same speed. I do dribble very well and even beat boys in their own game. I have won several trophies in football since I play for my school team. it was not a surprise,” quipped a delighted Majuma.
She paid tribute to Sadili Oval Academy for initiating youth tournaments adding that she never dreamt of meeting World greatest tennis player like tennis legend Serena Williams.
"Through Sadili Oval Academy, I was able to meet and greet Serena and other great elites.I sincerely thank Sadili Academy Director Dr.Liz Odera who has transformed me and others to become young celebrities.I believe in few years, I will be splashing headlines in your local newspapers,” she said jokingly.