St Antony coach Mayoyo tips star trio to feature for top La Liga teams

Thursday, September 14th, 2023 00:00 | By
Former St Antony Boys Kitale players Aldrine Kibet (left), Alvin Kasavuli (centre) and Emmanuel ‘Berlin Wall’ Wanjala during a LG/SJAK Award ceremony in Nairobi last week. INSET: Coach Peter Mayoyo. PD/ DAVID NDOLO

St. Anthony’s Boys High School coach Patrick Mayoyo has tipped Aldrine Kibet, Eammuel “Berlin Wall” Wanjala, and Alvin “Kasa” Kasavuli to break through their youth ranks and play for top teams in Europe in the next two or three years at most.

The trio who were exception during the national school games in Kakamega last month and during the regional school games in Rwanda, landed the opportunity to join the Nastic Football Academy in Barcelona after being selected by scouts from Spain after their superb displays during trials held in Nairobi and Western Kenya. While Kibet who is has been nicknamed Messi for his lethal left foot, Wanjala who has been nicknamed ‘Berlin Wall’ and Kasavuli, arrived in Spain on Tuesday to kick-start their careers.

Asked whether the three players have the qualities to play for top clubs including Barcelona in the near future, Mayoyo said: “I have no doubt there is a big future (on the three players), those scouts, were top-notch, and they did their selection without favours and malice, they did best selection ever, and all the three are top quality players and in future, you will see them in top leagues in Europe.”

Kibet, who was last week crowned the Sports Personality of the Month of August winner, was the star of the show as St. Anthony’s stormed to the final of the National Secondary School Games and scored both goals as the Solidarity Boys beat Dagoretti High School 2-0 to claim their sixth national title.

Mayoyo praised the young Kibet, saying he was bound to go places. “We have developed Kibet we have done our part and even though he has not reached international levels, those who will take over from us will go into the second phase of improving the player, maybe improve on his physique, build his strength and all this is can be achieved where he is heading to,” said Mayoyo, adding: “The young boy is fine, you may look at him and despise him but the boy is very dangerous he is poisonous, those who played against him understand him very well and can attest to my comments.”

On Wanjala and Kasavuli, Mayoyo said: “Amos Wanjala, is the best defender in the country, and even in Rwanda he came in as the best defender, he is a quality player, and on Alvin, I plucked him from FKF Academy in Thome and after he had passed 15 years, I picked him out, he is poisonous too, he plays in the midfield, and those guys from Spain did not make a mistake for settling on the three players and taking them abroad.”

Mayayo did not shy away from explaining how the trio caught the attention of the scouts. He said: “They (scouts) came to Nairobi during trials that attracted many young players, they ended up doing two trials, one in Western Kenya in Musingu and in Nairobi, and the three players still impressed and came top ahead of the rest.”

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