Spanish coach Antonio Jesus Flores has joined Algerian side Sarl Stars Foot Algeria on a short term deal as the Head Coach/Technical Director. The former Ugandan side SC Villa Coach was on the verge of joining Gor Mahia before the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants settled on Brazilian Jose Marcelo Ferreira.
Sarl Star is a talent hub for Spanish giants FC Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy with youthful players from the Algerian outfit regularly being farmed out to Spain to hone their skills.
Working in such an environment is all the coach would have wished for as he puts it in an interview with Soka and he says he wants to aid in promoting the talent at the club.
“I joined the side and could be here till the end of the year. We have different age categories here with Barcelona officials around to pick players for La Masia academy. I am enjoying my work because I have always dreamt of working in Africa to promote massive talents in the continent.
“My main work here is supervising all categories. It’s a good environment with good pitches, good people. We have categories from the age of eight to 16. They play in a lower tier league for competition but at the end of the day, the few who impress after going through the process are sent to Spain,” the 44-year-old told Soka.
The famed La Masia has produced the likes of Hector Bellerin (Arsenal), Cesc Fabregas, Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea FC), Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Lionel Messi, all at Barcelona among other star players.
Flores possesses a UEFA Pro and CAF ‘B’ License attained in Uganda while handling 16-time Ugandan Premier League champions SC Villa. He has formerly coached UD Almeria, CD Roquetas, AD Polideportivo among other clubs in Spain.