Chelsea striker Eto’o to roll out football academy in Kenya
Football fans in Laikipia County celebrated feverishly on Sunday night as Samuel Eto’o struck his first hat-trick in five seasons to all but extinguish the dimmest of hopes Manchester United had left of their English Premier League title defence.
Not so much because the “Laikipians” support Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, whose 3-1 win over the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge kept them within striking range of leaders
Arsenal, but more because the Blues’ 32-year-old Cameroon international has invested a tidy sum in setting up a football academy in the county.
And this Sunday, the county will celebrate the ground-breaking ceremony for the Samuel Eto’o Laikipia Unity Football Academy, School and Environmental Education Centre from 11am at the Endana Primary School.
Construction work at the academy has already began and the structures – that heavily hinge on an environmental theme – include a football stadium and pitch, four classrooms, an administration block, a girls’ dormitory for 100 students, a kitchen and dining hall.
The ground-breaking will, however, not be attended by Eto’o but will coincide with the finals of the Laikipia Unity League, a climax of regional championships held last December.
The Laikipia Unity League was launched in May, 2012, by Eto’o along with former Puma sportswear CEO Jochen Zeitz, founder of the Zeitz Foundation, during which time the striker announced his grand plans for an academy in the area.
Liz Rihoy, executive director of the Zeitz Foundation, says the academy aims to cultivate peace, improve the standards of living and promote environmentally sustainable livelihoods across Laikipia.