Gaffer Blog

June 2017 Update!

Posted: 13th July 2017 9:26pm
The Youngstars go Nationwide!


Each year we organise football competitions for Under 13 and Under 16 year olds. Every village is represented and the games are played out over several weekends in a Champions League format. GAFFER provides footballs especially designed for the tough conditions the kids have to deal with. Hard, dry pitches often surrounded by thorny bushes take their toll and GAFFER has full time stitchers who are trained to fix the balls properly and keep the games going! After a big final, watched by hundreds of excited locals, GAFFER selects the finest young talent and creates a team to take on the rest of East-Africa!

This year the Under 13 GAFFER Youngstars went to Tanzania to an international tournament known as the East-Africa cup. It is an amazing experience for young guys who have never left the villages to play abroad with kids from all over East-Africa. After weeks of tough training our kids were ready and
after a two day journey and four tough days of football, the boys got all the way to the final and took home the Second Place trophy! An amazing result for some excellent young footballers!

Next up is our Under 16 tournament which kicks off soon! All the updates will be on our Facebook page.


With four trained educators, GAFFER regularly visits at risk populations in the villages. Primary Schools lack basic services such as water and electricity and therefore sanitation is a major concern. The organisation Voluntary Service Overseas provided two volunteers to strengthen our team and this year we have been busier than ever! Training is given using the curriculum developed by WASH United, a partner organisation working worldwide. Health Centres are another target for GAFFER Health and regular training is given to new, and expectant, mothers in the importance of good sanitation during pregnancy and as a new mum.

GAFFER Facebook Page is live!

Posted: 1st January 2014 7:32pm

GAFFER is now using Facebook to keep you updated with all the latest from the football pitches of Kenya!

Andrew Murch Under 16 reaches the semi's!

Posted: 9th August 2013 3:28pm
Andrew Murch U16 reaches the Semi-Finals!

After months of hard fought group stages the teams have been whittled down to the very best young footballers in the area!

Boys from all the villages had tried their best to show their strengths but the best teams entered the semis. A hard fought win against Buguta saw Makwasinyi go through to quarters while a comfortable win against Mkamenyi saw Rukanga win 3-0. An impressive performance from Kale saw them beat Mbele 3-0 thanks to impressive performance from their star players Mwamure chengo and Delvan Mwaghogho. Miasenyi surprised many after beating Itinyi with a solitary goal from Mwangeka. Hence the semi finals were as follows;

Kale vs Makwasinyi

Miasenyi vs Rukanga

After the semi final matches, Kale beat Makwasinyi 5-0 Thanks to goals from Mwamure, a brace from Mwaghogho and another brace from Aaron. Hence Kale entered the finals with ease. Rukanga brushed off Miasenyi with a comfortable 3-1 and had to meet kale in the finals.

The tournament is played in memory of Andrew Murch. An avid football fan and GAFFER supporter.

Blog update by Jimmy Ruwa.

GAFFER Represents at County Level!

Posted: 11th July 2013 3:25pm
GAFFER Team Represents the County!

The under 16s boys entered their first ever competition in the Football Kenya Federation county league! Coach Tito has moulded the youngstars into a force worthy to represent GAFFER in the Taita Taveta county!

Their first match was against Mbilo united away at Sagalla and the boys never disappointed their coach after thumping the home team 2-1 thanks to a brace from GAFFER main striker James Beja. The second match saw GAFFER beat the Prison wardens from Manyani 4-1, thanks to a hat-trick from Beja and a clinical finish from ‘’Arshavin’’ After several matches, the boys started showing tiredness because it was the youngest team in the county that ever participated in the county league. Mixed performance saw them finish third in the league. This was the best experience with excellent performance from most of the young stars who are still primary school kids. They are expecting to win the league next year and be promoted to rule coast province.

The GAFFER Under 16 youngstars tragically lost their captain in an accident this year. David Kilio was a great young man and a strong leader. He will be missed.

Update by Jimmy Ruwa.

Andrew Murch Under 16 Tournament Kicks Off!

Posted: 16th June 2013 3:19pm
Andrew Murch Under 16 Kicks off!

The 6th Edition of the GAFFER Andrew Murch under 16s championship kicked off in June! With 16 teams involved in the competition it looks to be the toughest challenge yet!

Mbele, Miasenyi, Marasi, Itinyi, Marungu, Kale, Mkamenyi, Sasenyi, Buguta, Kisimenyi, Kiteghe, Rukanga, Jora, Bungule, Makwasinyi and Ngambenyi were all participants with all teams showing their strengths.

After several matches in preliminaries, group A saw Rukanga and Makwasinyi proceed to the quarter finals while group B saw Buguta and Mkamenyi win their respective groups. Group C saw Kale lead the group while Itinyi came second. Group D saw Miasenyi lead their group while Mbele was second. After the quarter finals, Rukanga beat Mkamenyi 3-0, while Makwasinyi beat Buguta through penalty shoot out(4-3). Kale thgen thumped Mbele 3-0 thanks to impressive performance from Mwaghogho and Mwamure- both participated in the EAC in moshi early this year while Itinyi was surprised by Miasenyi after being knoked out by a solo effort from Mwangeka.

The Tournament is played in memory of Andrew Murch. A football player and fan as well as a great GAFFER supporter.

Update by Jimmy Ruwa.

GAFFER U13 Youngstars Rocking East-Africa!

Posted: 15th May 2013 3:14pm
GAFFER Under 13s Rocking East-Africa!

After weeks of preparations, GAFFER Youngstars crossed the Kenyan boarder to Moshi, Tanzania for a week-long East African cup tournament!

The well prepared boys got ready early morning for the tournament and reached moshi in the evening. That evening, boys lined up for the opening ceremony where our boys were really happy to meet over three thousand children from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Zambia. It was such a great experience and boys were very happy.

Early morning, it was the duty of the boys to show what they can do in the tournament. GAFFER young stars were grouped with Moshi local, Chrisc Tanzania and Victoria academy. Following a lot of rain that poured early that morning, the ground was slippery and the boys were forced to play without shoes.

The first match was 2-1!! First win for GAFFER young stars courtesy of goals from 11 year old Wango Mwakizori at the second half. GAFFER was already leading the group after the other two teams drew their match.

The second match was a draw courtesy of Delvan Mwaghogho’s goal in the second half. We had already booked a place in the quarter finals even after losing the third match. Our quarter finals went 1-0 after a goal from Eldoret chrisc midfielder.

GAFFER young stars were out of the tournament but it was such a great experience. Boys were beaten by the champions as chrisc eldoret emerged the winners for this tournament in the junior category. GAFFER young stars are looking forward to going back next year with great hopes of winning and come back with the prestigious trophy.
Well done to everyone who made this trip successful.

GAFFER Youngstars go International!

Posted: 29th April 2013 8:09pm
GAFFER Youngstars go International!

The youngest of the GAFFER Youngstars have began their preparations for their first trip outside Kenya! Having taken GAFFER to victory all over Kenya it is now time for the boys to step up and show the rest of East-Africa how to play!

The under 13s team spent a week in Maungu where our coaches were busy preparing them for the under 13s championships in Tanzania. A total of 14 boys were in the camp from 29th April to 4th may. They will be playing a seven a side football for the first time; so the coaches were really training them how to do so. They will be playing half ground so it was a lot of work where boys had to catch up and do what the coaches were doing. With the help from Mr. Mohammed, coach Tito assisted by Emmanuel did a brilliant job trying to train the boys how to play with their new boots! The muddy pitches of Moshi in Tanzania will be a great challenge after a childhood spent on the dusty fields of Kasigau region!

At the end of the week, all of the boys were able to dribble the ball with boots, run and shoot at the same time. They were really brilliant and we hope to represent Kenya very well in Tanzania from 25th to 30th.


KCL8 Kicks Off!

Posted: 10th April 2013 8:07pm
KCL8 Kicks Off!

The eighth edition of the Kasigau Champions League has been running in the 16 villages GAFFER supports! The inter-village rivalry that the mens league is famous for is tougher than ever this year and it’s impossible to predict the outcome!

After months in the cold, KCL 8 kicked off again with 16 teams including the mighty Samba, Jora, Dragon, Buguta and Sasenyi. All players prepared early enough for this. You could easily know how ready these teams were through their hard work at their football pitches as GAFFER officials were moving to monitor their progress.
Group A comprised of Jora, Rukanga, Ngambenyi Makwasinyi and Kiteghe. In this group, Rukanga and Jora progressed to the quarters. Group B had Buguta and Mkamenyi in the quarters. Mkamenyi is the only team who went in quarters without losing or going for a draw. Unfortunately, Jora was their answer after Pitwel Mawundo converted after one-two passes with Mwalungo.

Group C had Itinyi and Samba while group D had Dragon and Tsavo lions in the quarters. All teams are battling for the prestigious Kasigau Champions League trophy and the prized goats for nyama choma (grilled meat). Finals are scheduled on 15th June 2013 where the big teams from Kasigau will be battling for the big trophy. Local radio stations has been updating community about the league’s progress and a lot of people have been attending and supporting their teams always. Can you bet who you think will go with the trophy?


GAFFER Health Updates!

Posted: 10th March 2013 8:00pm
GAFFER Health Updates!

GAFFER Health now has five trained health educators on the team! Project Coordinator Jimmy Ruwa provides a detailed update on the great work going on in the region!

GAFFER Health has been working hard in the first quarter of 2013. All our peer educators have been developing and providing vital education and support in all the villages. Esmilly has led by example so far, all her reports are excellent. She has been going through to all community groups; health centres and sometimes helps Asha in health education at schools.

Asha has also been going through the primary schools in Miasenyi, Marasi, Itinyi and the newly formed Misharinyi primary school. She has been helping Esmilly as well in the health centres.

Frank Ngati has been busy in schools where he used to work. Sasenyi, Mkamenyi, Kale and Marungu have experienced a lot of education from him. He is now more experienced than before, He is more mature now and kids are able to listen to him. Everybody around is happy to see him back to the villages after two years in college. We are expecting a lot from him in the near future.

Leonard Mhindi does a lot of work in Buguta primary, Kisimenyi and Buguta health centre. He helps kids develop poems and short skits to enable more understanding of all the aspects of education.

Zephaniah has been doing lots of work in Kasigau. Going through 6 primary schools in 5 days has never been that easy. Some schools have been missing his services sometime and he has been very consistent in his work. We are expecting him to work more in the near future. Reports from schools have not been very pleasing on his side. We are confident all activities will remain the same for the entire year.

The project is running smoothly now, we have got backing from teachers all over primary schools. We are therefore happy for such great support from the community.


GAFFER U13 Youngstars Training camp!

Posted: 3rd February 2013 7:01pm
SHU13 Finals!

After the success of the Under 13 tournament the finest talent was handpicked to make up the GAFFER Youngstars! The players were brought together for two training camps in preparation for tour matches throughout the Coast of Kenya!

GAFFER’s main man Jimmy Ruwa provides you with the story…

After the under 13s finals, GAFFER management decided to choose the best players from across Kasigau and bring them together for training camps to create the toughest young team the region had ever seen! Everything went as planned. With the help of Mr. Mohammed and Titus, the team was selected and players were given calling letters. It was scheduled that, players come for training from 25th January to 27th January and then another weekend from 1st February to 3rd February.

Coach Titus, with the help of one of the promising young coaches from Kasigau, Emmanuel (Adebayor), helped each other to train the young boys for both the two training weekends. Boys were really happy with both training and some other services that were offered to them. Boys are really motivated by the fact that Emmanuel has been successful yet he passed through the same rank i.e. under 13s, under 16s and later under 17s in which he represented GAFFER countrywide in 2012.

Emmanuel Mwamkono.

He is one of the most promising young coach and player from Kasigau. Due to the poor family back ground, GAFFER decided to help him after realizing his potential and willingness to continue with studies. With only his mother alive, GAFFER is helping him to pay school fees and pay accommodation for him. In return, he keeps on developing his career and help Titus in coaching and fixing footballs. He was trained by GAFFER on how to fix footballs and he has become one of the dependable people in fixing footballs. GAFFER pays him some few shillings after fixing footballs for his use at school. Emmanuel is strong, intelligent and very social young man. He is staying in one of the GAFFER stores hence he is the one responsible for all the jerseys and footballs that GAFFER uses for training and matches.

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