Emanuel Saakai

Founder, CEO and Head Coach
Lengo Football Academy Tanzania and Australia

Our purpose is to create pathways for disadvantaged youth in Tanzania, Australia and Oceania to score goals on and off the football field.

Emanuel Saakai


Is to provide young Tanzanians the football and life opportunities he lacked during his own childhood. Due to poverty he was forced to leave primary school and work for less than $1 a day. Against the odds he continued to play football during time. His football playing career ended when he was seriously injured and couldn't afford medical treatment.

During his playing career, he was spotted as a future coach with great potential and started his coaching career soon after.

Since then Emanuel has established a great relationship with a significant number of football academies, clubs and federations worldwide.

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—Emanuel Saakai

Emanuel is a natural and talented football coach with many years of experience playing, mentoring and motivating football teams.

Emanuel is a Football Federation of Australia (FFA) and AFC qualified coach, an AFCAT (Australia coaches’ association) permanent member and has attended the Barcelona & Manchester City Career Professional Development Training.

Emanuel is employed by the Juventus Academy Melbourne that is owned and run by the world – class, Italian Club, Juventus Football Club. He works closely with the European coaches there. He is also employed at the Clifton Hill Football Club and coaches all age groups.He works for the Harry Kewell A cademy when Harry Kewell is in the country. He runs a football program with high risk Himalayan youth with refugee backgrounds.

Emanuel is a motivational and keynote speaker and has spoken at many schools, businesses, academies, conferencesand clubs in Australia.

He has the knowledge, passion and insight that makes him a very successful football coach and social entrepreneur