Arsenal FC star midfielder Aaron Ramsey is confident that Kenya has the potential to produce world-class football talent. Ramsey, who has been on a private holiday in Kenya for the past week, said the country’s sporting pedigree is well documented and should be nurtured to achieve more success.
The Welsh midfielder was speaking to journalists after meeting young players from Ligi Ndogo who had paid him a courtesy call at Hemingways Nairobi in Karen.
The 22-year-old is the first active Arsenal player to visit Kenya in recent years. He jetted in on Saturday 25th May and proceeded to Diani in Mombasa and later to Ol Seki Hemingways Mara, which is owned by local hotel chain Hemingways Collection.
Hemingways Nairobi, the newest addition to the collection opened early May and has been billed as the Bentley of boutique hotels in the city. It seeks to set a new benchmark for fine dining and luxury accommodation in East Africa.
‘‘I have loved my stay here, enjoyed the wildlife at the Mara and the weather in Mombasa with my family. The hospitality has been first class and am definitely looking forward to coming back some time in the future,’’ said Ramsey.
Hemingways Watamu, established 23 years ago, is the oldest of the chain’s properties and is renowned for international deep-sea fishing. Ol Seki Hemingways Mara is a tented camp located in a private conservancy adjacent to the Mara National Game Reserve. The three properties present the chain’s unique Kenyan travel experience- Beach, Bush and Boutique.
On Kenya’s football talent, the Welsh midfield kingpin who began his career at promoted side Cardiff City said, “this country has already produced exemplary international footballers and I have confidence that with initiatives like Ligi Ndogo, more talent is being nurtured for the future.”
The budding players who got the opportunity to meet and even play against the Welsh midfielder before he flies back to United Kingdom were aged between 10 and 12 years.
“Am very excited to have met Ramsey who is one of my favourite players at Arsenal, the team that I support,” said Andrew Kalama, one of the Ligi Ndogo players.
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