Lothar : Kenya has abundant talent
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.
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.
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”.
“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.