Betway reveals Kenya talent search winners

Betway Kenya talent search

West Ham United and Principal Partner Betway have finalised a nationwide talent search in Kenya, giving footballers between the ages of 18 and 25 a second chance at the professional game.

After regional trials that saw over 700 hopeful entrants attend, the best 16 were invited to Nairobi for a four-day training camp to train with Josh Ewens, West Ham United Technical Coach and Adam Crossley, West Ham United Sports Scientist and Training Analyst, Kenyan Premier League coaches and ex-players.

Betway Kenya talent search
The programme concluded with a match where selectors chose Mark Nthiwa, a 20 year old goalkeeper from Githurai, Nairobi, and Moses Gitau, a 21 year old attacking midfielder from Shanzu, Mombasa. 

“I initially couldn’t afford the fare to come to Nairobi for the camp, but fortunately, I got it at the last minute through the generous sacrifice of my parents. I dedicate this to them,” said Moses Gitau.

The Betway Talent Search is the first of its kind in Kenya. “We have pioneered this industry trend in all earnest because we believe in Kenya’s football talent and want to give more exposure to as many rising players as possible,” said Wanja Gikonyo, the Country Manager for Betway.

Josh Ewens was equally impressed with the standard witnessed, saying “the level far exceeded what we were expecting” with Crossley adding “This programme has left a sustainable football legacy for a region which would not have been able to generate it itself, as well as inspiring Kenyan players to continue to pursue their

Betway Kenya talent search

The two winners will be travelling to London to train at Rush Green, receiving the full professional treatment as well as being given the chance to attend a match at London Stadium.