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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Flavio Briatore Helping Out Kenyan Youth Football

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Sunday Nation/Kenya Daniel Nyassy- Renault’s F1 boss Briatore pits in Malindi with Christmas tidings
- Briatore with his girlfriend, Italian model Elisabetta Gregoraci in Mombasa earlier this year. The billionaire couple is in Mailindi for the holidays. Photos/ GIDEON MAUNDU
- With exorbitant operational costs coupled with the global economic downturn stinging Formula One, residents of Malindi are not complaining at all.
- It appears that Formula One team Renault’s boss, Flavio Briatore, is releasing the motorsports stress by spending more time on the Kenyan coast and footballers in Malindi are enjoying every moment of it.
- Malindi team, Zege FC from Mayungu, have a reason to smile after the Italian billionaire handed them uniforms and balls on Thursday and pledged to strike a partnership between Kenyan clubs and his English league side, Queens Park Rangers, which is battling to make a comeback to the Barclays Premier League.
- Briatore said a container full of sports equipment was on the high seas headed for local schools and institutions.
- “This is just something small that I brought with me. Many more items are coming in one months’ time. They will be distributed to schools and other institutions in Malindi,” the Renault team manager told local officials while making the presentation to Zege FC at his exclusive Lion In The Sun Hotel in the upmarket Casuarina area on Thursday evening.
- “I saw these players playing bare feet at Mayungu when I walked around and promised to assist them with sports equipment,” he said.Briatore flew into in Malindi on a private jet on Tuesday morning accompanied by his Italian lingerie model girlfriend, Elisabetta Gregoraci, for the Christmas and New Year holidays.
- He is set to visit the Seychelles Islands on a business trip before coming back to Malindi for the New Year’s holiday, a source at the hotel said.
Queens Park Rangers
- “I have my team in London, the Queens Park Rangers, which I think could work in co-operation with local teams,” he said.
- Briatore said the purpose of equipping the local teams was to make the youths occupied in sport and keep them away from the streets and from drugs.
- The brief but colourful ceremony was witnessed by the Briatore Group of Companies’ manager Liana Pierino, Lion In The Sun general manager, Mr Philip Chai, and the hotel’s plus staff.
- Briatore said area MP Gideon Mung’aro, a close ally of the billionaire, will help in distributing further equipment. Sunday Nation

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