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T-Shakers, the soccer academy shaking Thika town

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Thika Shakers Soccer Academy is slowly giving shape to the Makongeni Estate of Thika town, guiding young football talents towards the realisation of their dreams.

The academy famously known as T-Shakers re-emerged in 2018 with only five players after going under in 2008, due to the hard financial torrents that hit the academy that was only three years old then.

“We started this academy because we saw a lot of youths were getting wasted by drugs and immorality. Our objective as a team is to nurture players’ talents as well as their discipline,” explains Harub Swaleh, the academy’s founding head coach.

T-Shakers head coach Harub Swaleh issues instructions in a past training session. PHOTO/THIKA SHAKERS SOCCER ACADEMY

Since resurfacing, T-Shakers has shot to a membership of 150 players between the ages of 5 and 22, and take pride in their achievements so far.

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“We have nurtured players like Levis Opiyo and Peter Opiyo (Pinchez) who play for Gor Mahia and City Stars respectively. To add on that, we have won several prizes among them two cups at the Nanyuki Tournament as well as the runners up cup in the Cheza Sports Tournament. We also aim to grow talents that will feature in the major international leagues,” Swaleh gloats.

The academy which has the under-7, under-9, under-11, under-13 and senior team, recently celebrated its second anniversary since the reemergence but still faces the danger of sinking for a second time; actively looking for a sponsor in the buildup for the Chipukizi East African tournament in Arusha Tanzania, next year.

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