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La Liga: Frederic Kanoute comes to Kenya

La Liga ambassador Frederic Kanoute will be in the country this weekend for a live El Classico battle between Real Madrid when they host Barcelona.

The former Sevilla fc player will be at Uhuru gardens when the match will be broadcasted live. The Malian international made history in 2007 when he became the first footballer born outside the continent to be crowned the African Footballer of the Year.

Kanouté, a Sevilla FC legend, will be in the country courtesy of global gaming brand SportPesa and LaLiga.

The momentous occasion will give Kenyan football fans the chance to witness for the first time the state-of-art SportPesa display screening truck that landed in the country recently from the United Kingdom

Kanouté is due to watch the 2017 Koth Biro round of 16 clash between Umeme Bees FC and Opitos FC on Friday evening, where both teams will have coaches from LaLiga on either dugout, as part of the effort to promote grassroots football at the Ziwani Sports Grounds in Nairobi.

The LaLiga coaches- Carlos De Las Heras Sanchez-Tembleque and Jose Ignacio Sanchez Becerra- arrived in Kenya on Tuesday night for training sessions with both sides, with Umeme going first on Wednesday and Opitos a day later

Players drawn from various parts of the country under the Tujiamini campaign by the gaming giants will also take part in the coaching clinic to learn the skills that gave Spain world famous players such as Kanouté who won the UEFA Cup twice with Sevilla in 2006 and 2007, that marked the start of a golden age at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Besides the UEFA Cup glory, the forward who played six times for the France Under 21s, scoring once for them, also collected the UEFA Super Cup (2006), Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) twice (2007 and 2010) and the Supercopa de Espana (Spanish Super Cup/2007) titles at Sevilla.

Kanouté had successful stints at French giants, Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon) and English Premier League sides, West Ham United FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC in a career celebrated for his silky skills and classy goals.

The retired forward led Mali to the semi-finals of the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Tunisia against all odds, having famously beaten Kenya Harambee Stars 3-1 in the group stages of the competition in a tournament where he scored four goals.

Kanouté,-born to a Malian father and French father- retired from international football in 2010 when Mali were eliminated from the AFCON having won the hearts of his chosen nation.

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