NAIROBI, Kenya- Beijing 2015 World Javelin champion and Olympic silver medallist, Julius Yego, is excited at the prospect of meeting Arsenal FC icon turned football pundit; Thierry Henry when he tours Kenya in December.
Yego, who won the historic gold medal two years ago in China with a monster 92.72m throw, says the visit of the Gunners record goal scorer (175) is a huge boost to the local sporting industry.
“I have grown up supporting Arsenal while having the opportunity to witness Henry at his peak. He remains one of the greatest players for the club,” Yego, the self-styled ‘You Tube Man’ told SportPesa News.
“We have had great football players coming to Kenya recently, even one of the best coaches in Jose Mourinho and this shows how much the outside world regards Kenya highly,” the Commonwealth and two-time African Javelin titleholder added.
The Rio 2016 silver winner raised his concerns with the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts which he believes is not doing enough to nurture the raw football talent in the country.
“In all fairness, there should be more Victor Wanyamas. We have the potential to produce many. Unfortunately,authorities are not doing enough,” the 2011 All Africa Games gold winner emphasised.
Local fans fans will get the chance to meet the former Arsenal and France 1998 World Cup winner and Yego is itching to deliver this message.
“I hope I will get the opportunity to meet him and tell him there are great arsenal fans in the country,” Yego added.
Henry will be touring Kenya as part of the partnership he signed with the Guinness beer brand as part of the campaign to celebrate the unique passion of African fans.
“I’m so excited to be working with a globally renowned brand like Guinness. The Made of Black campaign is something I can really relate to.
“This will be my first visit to Kenya and I have heard a lot about the huge passion for football that exists there. I can’t wait to arrive and meet all of the dedicated football fans and hear their stories,” Henry said of his visit.
“We are really excited to be working with such a football legend this year. Henry carved his own path to bring his creative flair to the game, he worked hard to demonstrate and his skill and ability,” Janice Kemoli, Head of Beer, Kenya Breweries Limited added.
Henry is famous for his time at English Premier League (EPL) giants Arsenal where he was part of a team that won two league titles and three FA Cups as well as leading his team to the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final in his role as captain.
Named Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year twice, and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year three times, Henry is ranked fifth in the list of the best goal scorers of all time in the EPL.
Henry won the Champions League with LaLiga titans, FC Barcelona in 2009 before moving to American side; New York Red Bulls to play in the Major League Soccer and after a brief return to Arsenal on loan in 2012, the French forward hang his lethal boots.