Samuel Eto’o to grace Batuk finals in Laikipia (Kenya)
The British Army Training Unit in Kenya (BATUK) will be participating in the second edition of the three day’s Laikipia Unity Cup (LUC) that kicks off on friday(April 13 April) at the North Kenya Polo Fields, According to the organizers Zeitz foundation & the Laikipia Wildlife forum, Etoo will feature as a player for the Eastern region combined team during the finals expected to be attended by prominent sports personalities in Kenya. Also expected to grace the finals are the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Sports and Development, Willhelm Lemke. Others, who have lined up to provide technical and financial support, include the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, The Nature Conservancy, IUCN, Toyota Kenya and the Commercial Bank of Africa. After each event, the best players will be selected to form a combined team to represent their respective region at the finals. Team selection is done by coaches from Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA), who this week, will conduct coaching clinics for the youth of Timau region. The Laikipia Unity Cup is organised by the Zeitz Foundation and the Laikipia Wildlife Forum, bringing together diverse communities throughout Laikipia and Kenya through the unifying power of sport (football). Following the extremely successful and widely acclaimed events of the inaugural 2010 LUC, preparations for the 2012 edition are well underway with the first event being held on 13-15 April 2012. Joining them will be the world famous “Street Football World East Africa Network “called Society Empowerment Project from Oyugis, Nyanza County. The Eastern Grevys select team, will be coached by MYSA and will play a select side on Sunday, 15 April in preparation for the finals in May. The four other regional events will be held on 20-22nd April at Endana Primary School (Central); 27-29th April at Kimanjo Primary School (Uaso Nyiro); 4-6th May at Ol Maisor Primary School (Ewaso Narok) and 11-13th May at Kinamba Primary School (North Western). Playing in the event for the first time, BATUK, who have been training under a specially flown in football coach from the United Kingdom, will have to fight off stiff competition from Kisima, the defenders of the Eastern region title. And seasoned teams like Borana, Lewa Rhinos, Marania AFC and Wheat Lands who all played in the inaugural event in the year 2010 will be playing for the winner and runner-up medals. Prizes are also awarded to the player of the tournament. BATUK, partners of the Laikipia Unity Cup, provide infrastructure and logistical support for the players’ accommodation and pitches at the three-day events.