• Program touted as largest youth Soccer initiative in Africa
• Championship is a culmination of regional & national preliminaries in 15 African Nations, involving 18,000 schools & 324,000 girls & boys
• Winners to receive wild card invitation to Manchester United & Arsenal clinics in Nairobi & Accra
The Airtel Africa Championships (http://www.airtel.com) officially kicked off today in Nairobi, Kenya. The tournament which brings together Africa's best talent in the boys and girls under 17 categories will take place from the 21st to the 25th of August.
The Soccer Championships will herald the unveiling of two specialised Airtel Rising Soccer Clinics run by soccer coaches from the Manchester United and Arsenal Soccer Schools. Present at the Championships launch were officials from both clubs namely; Mr. Jonathan Rigby, Marketing Director, Manchester United and Angus Kinnear, Marketing Director, Arsenal Football Club. The two clinics will be attended by two of the club's legends Peter Schmeichel and Ray Parlour.
In the opening fixtures, the hosts Kenyan whitewashed Malawi in the Girls tournament opener 11-0 with Vivian Adhiambo scoring 5 goals in the rout. In the Boy's opener, Malawi beat Kenya 5-1 to lead Group B. The other teams in the group are Madagascar and Ghana.
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