Pep Guardiola promises to return to Kenya to assist development of youth football

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola. Photo is a cropped version of an original by Harald Bischoff (used under the Creative Commons licence).

According to a report in The Standard, Pep Guardiola told Mombasa governor Hassan Joho that the 44-year-old current Bayern Munich coach promised to return to Kenya in the future and help with the development of youth football.

The manager has arrived in Kenya for a New Year break in the Masai Mara with his family.

According to sources close to Joho, the manager told him: “I think the gap that there is in your country is the lack of football academies to tap young talent at an early stage.”

With Pep Guardiola.

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He is said to have cited Southampton’s Victor Wanyama and his older brother, former Serie A and FC Inter Milan star McDonald Mariga Wanyama as examples of rich football talent in the country.

Mariga became the first ever Kenyan to win the Uefa Champions League in 2010 when he played under Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho, while Victor was the first Kenyan to play in the English Premier League.

Pep is rumoured to be in the running to take over the reigns at one of the top Premier League teams, with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea interested interested in appointing him as manager.