International Kenyan football stars, Victor Wanyama signed to Tottenham Hotspurs and McDonald Mariga signed to Real Oviedo will launch the ‘Under 16 Wanyama Roya Charity Cup’ in Nairobi, Kenya in a tournament set for 30th June and 1st July, 2018, in partnership with ROYA Entertainment.
“I am happy to be back in Kenya and to launch this tournament with my big brother as it’s something we have dreamt of for a long time. Majority of players in our country lack information on how to build careers that can sustain them past their active football careers and make wrong decisions after their retirement.”
Mariga adds, “With the milestones we’ve made in our individual careers, I am confident that we can teach the young a few tricks. We would like to use this platform to inspire the next generation of young stars to make better choices and break this cycle.’’
The 2-day event, targeting under-16 players, will be held at St. Mary’s High School aon the Saturday 30th June Sunday 1st July.
This is the first edition of Under 16 Wanyama Roya Charity Cup Tournament and from here on it will be held annually in all Kenyan counties from 2019 with the finals been held in Nairobi.
The knockout tournament will be an 11-a-side set up with a total of 24 teams drawn from various neighbourhoods within Nairobi including Kangemi, Lavington, South C, Mathare North, Kahawa Sukari, Ruai, Gigiri and Kaloleni, among others.
Cash prizes of Ksh. 500,000, Ksh. 300,000, Ksh. 100,000, and Ksh. 50,000 will be awarded to the finalists.