By Lorraine Anyango
Foot football clinic
Ronaldo De Assis Moreira, also known Ronaldinho, made history for his technical skills and creativity due to his agility, pace and dribbling ability as well as his use of tricks, he rose to become FIFA world player of the year.
He demonstrated feints, overhead kicks, no look passes and accuracy from free kicks. He was considered the best player of his generation and one of greatest of all time.
Ronaldinho enjoyed a stellar 17-year career, playing 97 matches for brazil national team, scoring 33 goals and representing his county in two FIFA world cups.
This is the man that young foot ballers in Kisumu and its environs are set to glean from as he graces their matches at the Moi stadium in Kisumu.
He is scheduled to grace a grass root football match between Kisumu All starts and Bondo United during which he is expected to also mentor the young players.
“We shall be learning from the best, we are already building confidence and desire within ourselves that with Ronald wisdom we can scale the heights of world class football.” Alfred Adu. Kisumu all Stars team manager said.
“For me it’s a dream come true, I have been playing football passionately since child hood and people nicknamed me Gaucho, I lack words, I can’t wait” He added.
Apart from gracing the exhibition match on Saturday November 10 th 2018 from 3 pm, Ronaldinho who is also the brand ambassador for Betika will open the firm’s office in Kisumu.
Kisumu county Sports directorate is working in conjunction with Extreme Sports, a sports management company based in Nairobi in together with Gina Din communications and sports Betika towards the event.
“We will use this opportunity to strengthen the County’s global linkages, and work on uplifting the career horizons of our talented young footballers.” The Kisumu county minister for Tourism Sports culture and Information Archie Alai said.
Plans are under way to provide adequate security during the event that is likely to draw masses of football fans, the county commander is expected to deploy 50 uniformed officers to ensure safety at the venue.
This event comes ahead of the planned sports stake holder’s forum in Kisumu scheduled for Friday, 16th November 2018 and geared towards discussions on sporting heritage, using it as a foundation and inspiration for establishing initiatives aiming at becoming the country’s sports powerhouse.
Kisumu all-stars members comprising Kisumu all Stars were drawn from the sub counties after PALOS FC disbanded from the National super league.
The County government has since last year been sponsoring the team, providing an upkeep stipend to the players as well as equipping the team and organizing for matches under the National Super league.
Further in a move to encourage the sporting fraternity, Kisumu County appointed the legendary football player Peter Dawo as the head of Sports Directorate and held a meeting with Kisumu all stars to forge a way for sustainable development.
“The coming of Ronaldihno will go a long way in motivating the current and upcoming footballers in Kisumu county.” Mr Dawo said noting the fact for about eight years, Kisumu county was not participating in any premier leagues leading to low quality football in the region.
Other football stars that have visited Kenya in recent years include ex Liverpool star Bruce Grobbelaar, Nigerian Yakubu Ayegbeni, Frenchmen Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and German World Cup winner Lothar Matthäus.