2015/16 I-League winners Bengaluru FC announced the appointment of John Kila as their new Head of Youth Development program. The Dutchman who has had prior experience in managing similar age-groups football in Holland, New Zealand and Japan will also head Bengaluru FC's youth teams.
Kila, who arrives from a stint in Ghana with the West African Football Academy (WAFA) formerly the Feyenoord Ghana Academy, was responsible for the U-19 team as well as coordinating between the U-17, U-15 and U-13 teams.
WAFA's U-19 team under Kila's guidance were promoted to the first division from the second and are currently in their second successive season at the topmost echelon of age-group football in Ghana.
"My main objective is to train and coach the youth teams at Bengaluru FC and to develop the skills of these youngsters so that they become professional players capable of playing for the first team. I look forward to giving structure to a development plan for both coaches and youth teams with the experience I have gained over the years", expressed Kila on his objectives for the Bangalore based club's youth system.
Bengaluru FC's COO Mustafa Ghouse appeared quite positive of the move and welcomed Kila into the club. "We are excited to have John on board to head the youth program. He comes very highly recommended having successfully implemented youth programs in various parts of the world. We strongly believe that there is an abundance of football talent in the country and are committed to providing this talent the best support possible to achieve their true potential as footballers and as individuals", he said.
Having started first team operations only three years ago, Bengaluru have already won two league titles and a cup. The senior team however is without a head coach as the club are yet to announce a replacement for Briton Ashley Westwood who left the club last month after three successful years.