The Kenyan team at the COPA Coca-Cola U15 international championships in Pretoria, South Africa have appointed JMJ’s skillful winger Lloyd Kim as the team’s captain.
Kim, a student at St. Joseph Primary school in Mount View, Nairobi, will captain the side alongside goalkeeper Nathaniel Kadenge who played for Malindi United Academy during the national finals. Kim was one of the shining stars of the JMJ Academy side who conquered all and sundry before lifting the COPA Coca-Cola trophy following a 3-1 capitulation of Kisumu Lakers.
“It was a team decision that we made back in Nairobi. The team unanimously agreed to appoint him the captain and am happy with the decision,” said Coach Atanasi Wamalwa. “The boy impressed during the national championships where I was one of the talent scouts. Picking him for the All-Star team was an easy decision because he’s not only a joyful player to watch but a team leader, a model player,” added the 52-year-old who currently specializes in youth football development.
Although primarily right-footed, Kim, a Tusker FC and Jese Were fan plays in the left attacking channel which gives him the freedom to cut in into his favorite right foot.
“Coming all the way to Nairobi for this international camp and then being named the captain is like a dream. Am really humbled to be here and I’ll do everything within my capacity to uplift my team,” said the 13-year-old class 7 student who captured fans’ attention with his trademark celebration of lifting his jersey up to reveal a message.
“The message is normally dedicated to my grandfather who passed away in 2012 and my best friend who passed away in July this year when we were still playing the provincials. They always supported me and remembering them in that way is the least I can do,” says the soft-spoken wideman.
He will be assisted by Kadenge who was the rock of the Malindi United Academy team who finished 4th during the nationals.
Meanwhile the team today, Tuesday, went for an excursion at X-Tribes in Guateng province for team building activities which included human fooseball, beach volleyball and football, paintball, obstacle course and hill climbing among others.
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