Players at Ishiara trials
Trialists prepare for the selection exercise at Ishiara Mayo stadium. Over 60 showed up on day one | Image: Facebook/Ishaiara FC

Ishiara FC to the world! The team is already recording firsts, attracting talent from all over the country in their first-ever player trials. 60 players drawn from Nakuru, Kisii, Homa Bay, Nairobi and Embu counties showed up on the first day of the trials which began on Wednesday. Amazing talent is on display at the exercise which has just entered its second day at the Ishaira Mayo grounds today (Thursday, August 18).

Coaches are keeping their lips tight on the best players among the lot. However, the first batch of trialists has been trimmed to 35. The marginal attrition is evidence that even the top football brains in the country are having a hard time picking from the talented pool. Ishiara head coach Chris Kimanthi says that there is an equally impressive turnout on day two of the trials. “We had the first 35 yesterday. However, we are not closing doors on anyone. Therefore, we have new trialists today and we want to see how they perform.”

First- Ever Trials

Team manager Harrison ‘Robinho’ Gitonga is impressed with their first-ever formal trials. He says, “The turn-out is impressive. To have over 60 trialists and such difficulty in trimming the number is evidence of the great talent we have around. Therefore, we continue to give everyone a chance. Our aim is to come up with the best team possible.”

The team announced last week that they would be holding the three-day exercise in preparation for the 2023/24 season. Even existing players are undergoing the filtering process. Despite their contributions to the team last season, they have to prove that they have what it takes to continue. The team has set its eyes on a Division Two playoff finish next season.

This would be excellent continuity for football in Embu. Ewasco FC and Dummen Orange finished in the top two positions in the concluded season. As a result, they have a date with Simba Apparel and Omax in Mombasa this September. Each team needs to just win their first match to secure one of two Division I slots available.

Meanwhile, 3K FC will be engaging talent in different Embu sub-counties between the 23rd and 30th of August. Read more about that HERE.

Good days for Embu football!

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