The Times of Tanzania
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UK Soccer Academy Picks Up Young Footballer From Tanzania

The Brooke House College Football Academy of Leicester has enrolled a 16-year-old boy from Arusha, who undertakes a two-year scholarship in England.

Yuri Willem Lems, a former student at the Braeburn International School of Kisongo, in Arusha, was also attending the Future Stars Academy, a talent recruiting and sports training center in the city.

Yuri holds record as top scorer during the East Africa Chipkiz Cup soccer tourney, that took place in Arusha, December, 2021.

He played in five matches scoring 14 goals in total.

The Director of Future Stars Academy, Alfred Itaeli said they recorded video clips of their best performing soccer students from the 2021 East African Soccer tourney.

“Yuri Willem’s works seem to have impressed the delegation from Brooke House College which visited the Future Stars Academy in July 2022,” said Itaeli.

Andy Turner, a former child prodigy who played for Tottenham Hotspurs in the premier league, was among the delegation which toured Arusha.

“We have introduced programs through which soccer experts from overseas can come to Arusha and see for themselves the budding talents that Tanzania has to offer,” adds the Future Stars Director.

During their visit the Director of Partnerships at Brookehouse College in UK, Rachel Caine affirmed their intention to identify, recruit and train young footballers from Tanzania.

The aim is to ensure that the youth get to play for overseas teams in future.

Yuri is the second student from Arusha who gets the opportunity to attend Brooke House College in England, the first was Sebastian Mbise who flew to Leicester a year earlier in August 2021.

He advises other youths to do their best in both training and games.

Yuri departs from Arusha on Saturday, September 3, 2022.

The teenager stays in Leicester for training until 2024.

Meanwhile the annual Chipkiz Cup, returns next December 2022, involving various youth soccer teams from East Africa that will compete for trophies in Arusha.

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Yuri with the team in Arusha
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