The County government of Busia has offered to support the Victor Wanyama Academy currently under construction on a 21- acre piece of land at Ekisumo in Nambale Sub County.
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong made the pledge to Wanyama, the Harambee Stars captain and Montreal Impact defensive midfielder, who paid him a
courtesy call in his office on Friday.
“Our County is full of talents that need to be tapped. I appreciate the efforts put up by the celebrated soccer star of coming up with the Academy. The facility will contribute immensely towards the development of sports in the county which is renowned for producing top stars including Wanyama, Mariga, JJ Masiga and many
others,” he said.
Wanyama lauded the governor for the kind gesture towards the academy saying it will go a long way in revamping soccer in the county.
He said the academy is set to have three fields, one mini-stadium and hostels, adding that it will start with football before incorporating other disciplines including life skills for those who don’t like football.
“The academy will be a professional academy that will help give our youths exposure and sharpen their skills. I believe one day it will help produce a great team that will participate in the Kenya Premier League in a big way,” Wanyama noted.
The renowned soccer player, who said the county has a lot of talent, challenged the youths to keep working hard and get a chance to showcase their potential when the academy starts operations.
Football Kenya Federation Busia Branch vice chairman Michael Ikolak said they drafted a Sports Bill which has already been forwarded to the County Assembly.
By Melechezedeck Ejakait/Maureen Kwena