Tactician says lifting IGAD trophy would be a huge boost to youth football

Former Mathare United Head Coach Stanley Okumbi has said that lifting the under 18 Inter Governmental Agency Development (IGAD) trophy would be a boost to youth football in the country.

Okumbi is set to handle Kenya’s team that is scheduled to take part in the IGAD tournament to be held in Djibouti starting January 16, 2016.

Okumbi will be assisted by Mahakama FC team manager Martin Hazard Agada while Patrick Naggi will be the head of delegation.

And in an interview with KNA in Nairobi Tuesday, he pointed out that clinching the trophy would give the country a new lease of life in junior competitions.

“We’ve not performed well in previous youth tournaments,” said Okumbi. “However it is my feeling that if we were to lift the IGAD trophy it would mark a new beginning for our junior sides,” adds the former Mathare United man.

According to a statement from Football Kenya Federation (FKF), most of those selected to take part in the tournament comprise players who took part in the 2015 Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) event.

The players who started reporting to the camp Monday at Upper Hill High School have been asked to report with parental or school letter of release, original birth certificate and photocopies of their parents/guardian Identity Cards (IDs) and training kits.

By Barry Otieno