Second tier side FC Talanta
has unveiled its larger plan – its modus operandi for the current season.
FC Talanta, formed as the national talent incubator, is made up of players coming through the National Youth Talent Academy (NYTA) that was formed back in 2009 by the Government of Kenya with support from UNICEF.
Feeding into the NYTA are centers of excellence such as Upper High School, Kakamega High School, Dadaab High School and Isiolo High School - as well as the National out of school center run by the Ministry of Sports Arts and Culture.
The club first featured in the second tier in 2013 and rolling onto the 2014 season, the club managers have decided to retain 60% of players from last season.
According to a decision by the club’s board, as confirmed by a press release, the team plans to have improved contracts for the new season – as well as Medical cover for each player.
Further, the club – in a plan that will be carried to coming years, is planning to at least send out two players for international trials for possible contracts across the borders.
The club has so far released four players to other clubs as a way of giving them a chance to gain experience.
Harambee stars trialist Rogers Omondi and keeper Farouk Shikalo have since joined Tusker FC in the Kenyan Premier League as Nelson Okumu is headed to Posta Rangers.
To top up on the 60% of players (16) remaining, the club will tap onto it’s centres of excellence as well as give a chance to its past players who had gone to other clubs to develop.
This will see Aziz Okaka return from Sony Sugar, Victor Okullu from Nairobi City Stars and Kennedy Ochieng from Nairobi Stima.
Michael Wandera, Bernard Ongoma, Bernard Amianda, Timothy Otieno (all former Kakamega High), Isiolo's Mohammed Suleiman and Simon Mwalimu from Upper Hill are other players who have joined the club for the current season.
The retained players include; Patrick Muchiri, Joseph Onyango, Calvince Oketch, Musa Bashir, Job Tinyo, Benjamin Terra, Hassan Abdiraman, Dennis Onyancha, Joshua Ngugi, Martin Lemayan, Moses Kiplangat, Anthony Karanja, Haggard Baraza, Peter Kamau, Teddy Okumba, Shella Mandela