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Kenya’s national football squad signs Strathallan student

Published Tuesday 6th of April 2021 01:20:34 PM

Perthshire pupil Andre K will take a break from his studies this month as he prepares to play in the African Cup of Nations qualifier for Kenya.

The 17-year-old originally from Nairobi, said he was honoured to be selected for his national under-20 team.

He said “It really means a lot, you are playing not just for yourself but for your parents, your ancestors, for everyone. I am delighted to say I get to play for Kenya in the biggest football tournament in Africa.”

Andre, who has been studying at Strathallan School for two years, was selected to train with Rangers FC Academy last year, gaining an insight into top-level performance on the pitch.

He said, “My training in Scotland so far has been wonderful, especially playing with Rangers which really taught me to focus on my skills.



Jim Thompson, Director of Sport at Strathallan, said, “We pride ourselves on being a school with great sporting success but Andre’s dedication and passion makes him stand out as one of our most focused students and it is great to see his hard work being recognised.”

It is thanks to the 11-year-old Strath-Kenya Project and friends of the school that Andre has been able to study at Strathallan. The pupil-led project has raised over £100,000 since 2009 for a series of projects in and around the east African capital of Nairobi, including supporting over 40 Maasai and Kibera slum children through education in Kenya.

Strathallan’s Deputy Head Pastoral David Barnes, the brainchild behind the project, said, “I am so proud of everything Andre has achieved and will likely go on to achieve. He is an incredibly bright young man who has developed a genuine love of learning and is an inspiration to all of us at school. Ndoto kubwa Rafiki.”
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