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Charles Kimani/Twenty Ten

MYSA Kenya is the oldest and best run football academy in Kenya and its has produced some of the best footballer in the country like striker Dennis Oliech of Auxxere in France. MYSA started in the sprawling Mathare Slums in Nairobi where life for many of the inhabitants is a struggle from day to day.

The kids who join the academy are encouraged to give back to the society in different way such as: environmental cleanup, HIV/Aids awareness, and coaching and refereeing.

Its against this background that I caught up with 10 years old Jeremiah Muindi from the sprawling Kayole slum in the Eastern part of Nairobi where MYSA also has a satellite academy. As part of his giving back to the community he referees at the lower age group level up to 12 years where he also plays in a similar age group for Maili Saba FC. Munidi is dedicated to his football and his coach says of him, “If he decides to take up refereeing he can be great because he is a gifted kid.” At the age 10 years he is also the youngest referee in the country.

Perhaps there is something to look forward to - Kenya has never yet produced a referee to ref in a World Cup tournament.

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