Kenya has produced, and continues to birth world-class talents like Victor Wanyama, thanks to local football academies across the country, honing young and skilled talents. Actually, some of the top football teams in Europe rely on homegrown talents which actually cost nothing to buy and these players make some of the most successful football players in the world because of the coaching and training they were exposed to at a very young age.
Here a list of some of the best Football Academies in Kenya.
1. JMJ Soccer Academy
The Academy has managed to place three players in top clubs in Europe. The three include Victor Wanyama who plays for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur , Ayub Timbe who currently plays as a forward for Beijing Renhe in the China League One and Johanna Omolo who plays for Belgian club Royal Antwerp.
2.Liberty Sports Academy
It has produced world-class players like Michael Olunga who currently plays for Guizhou Zhicheng in the China Super League as a forward.
3. Ligi Ndogo Soccer Club Academy
Notable former graduates of the academy include Swedish international John Guidetti and Kenyan international Ayub Masika.
4. Ujuzi Soka
This is a center managed by Ujuzi Michezo and affiliated to the Kenya football federation.
5. FISA Academy
Friendship International Sports Academy – FISA was started back in in 2006 by its directors, Dr. Maurice Awang Owuor and Mr. Amit Shah. The academy aims is to support and nurture children sporting talent, mainly in soccer. The school draws children and teenagers from neighboring hoods such as Mukuru slum and south B .
6. Cheza Afrika
Cheza Afrika is a soccer youth project operating in South B Mukuru Fuata Nyayo and its environs. The project was founded and registered as a CBO back in February 2008. It uses soccer as a tool to mentor children and teens.
7. Totosports Academy
8. Michezo Academy
9. Elite Soccer Academy
10. KYSA International Soccer Academy
Other notable football academies in the Kenya are ;
- Hearts of Ruiru sports centre
- Nakuru West Youth Soccer Association
- Mainstream Sports Academy
- Junior Stars Football Academy
- Star Soccer Academy
- Sadili Oval Sports Academy
- Nairobi Sunshine Soccer Academy
- Express Soccer Academy