Gaffer Blog

KCL 7 Kicks off in Kenya!

Posted: 4th February 2012 6:03pm
KCL 7 kicks off!

The seventh edition of GAFFER’s annual mens league kicked off in the Coast Province this weekend! With sixteen villages ready for battle to see who will be crowned the 2012 champions!

The games are played in a Champions League style group format with four teams in four groups playing off and the top two from each group advancing towards the final stages! The competition is intense and big rivalries between villages are played out in front of enthusiastic supporters! Group A saw new challengers from Wildlife Works take on the most successful ever mens team the Samba Boiz! In an action packed match the experience of Samba shone through with a decisive 1-0 victory! The second game featured the youngsters of Tsavo Lions facing off against the big boys from Black Lions in a Simba classic! Expecting to sweep the smaller lads off the park Black Lions were shocked by the decisive passing and fluid team work that months of training for the Under 13 and Under 16 leagues have instilled in the Tsavo squad. A crunching 3-0 victory split the group wide open and the path to the final is looking uncertain for all! In Group B Itinyi beat Marungu 1-0 and Mkamenyi stormed the Kale lads with a 4-1 victory!

This year promises to be the most competitive yet as the hours spent on the training ground pays off and GAFFER looks forward to the big final in April!

GAFFER Health looks forward to 2012

Posted: 1st January 2012 7:32pm

With five trained peer educators working in fifteen primary schools, two secondary schools and four health centers around Kasigau it has been a busy year for GAFFER Health! James Ruwa looks forward to 2012 and rounds up 2011 for your reading pleasure!

As the major aim of GAFFER health, there has been different life skills lessons conducted within the schools of Kasigau. A team of five employees led by Esmilly Chari regularly teach Students within the community alongside the school teachers who have given GAFFER Health such sterling support! Kids who were in class five last year are now our new clients. GAFFER health provides lessons to kids from classes 6-8 only. 2011 class eights’ have gone but we have new class eight, new class seven and new class six. Classes six are going to start with the introduction and then proceed to the next level.

To make the kids understand our lessons better, GAFFER Health have worked with the youngsters to prepare and perform dramas and poems about poignant issues within the community such as HIV/AIDS and sexual health. Kids have really enjoyed this in their schools because the poems and dramas contain important messages that must be understood by the kids and community. GAFFER Health also extends its reach within community groups and health centers. There are 4 health centers in Kasigau and GAFFER Health has been working alongside the professionals to facilitate education to those who need it most. With the doctor’s advice, GAFFER employees teaches the most touching issues in the community and it is at this level where family planning and use of condoms are demonstrated.

GAFFER Health has been very much involved in making sure that community members get Voluntary Counseling and Testing for HIV/AIDS in their villages during GAFFER events such as football finals, one day tournaments, World AIDS day and other events. In this regard, GAFFER health have collaborated with St. Josephs shelter of hope to provide testing equipments and trained doctors and counsellers. Our recent Under 13s football finals had 60 people tested. Along with testing and advice, St Josephs provides support for those who are living positively with the illness.

Girls have benefited a lot this year. With support from two Swedish ladies, we were able to visit all 15 primary schools teaching girls how to make locally available sanitary pads which are both hygienic and washable so that no young lady has to miss school due to her natural cycles.

In December 2011, GAFFER worked with local Peace Corps volunteers to organize a week long camp for the girls at Kiteghe village. GAFFER Health facilitated health education through football demonstration. Furthermore, Esmilly Chari and Asha Kibwana; our female GAFFER health employees represented GAFFER in this event. The main aim was to make girls aware that they are very important in the community and how to avoid early pregnancies, diseases and others. The theme of the event was “YES GIRLS CAN”.

It has been a busy year and with such great support from all the places that GAFFER Health works we are sure we can make 2012 even more successful!

GAFFER U13 Youngstars Rule the Coast!

Posted: 22nd December 2011 7:20pm

After the success of GAFFER’s Under 16 lads in Mombasa it was time to show the big city boys that our youngest players are a force to be reckoned with! The Play Against Drugs tournament saw teams from all over Kenya battling for the trophy and once again the GAFFER kids stole the show!

The tournament took place at Mombasa Sports Club in the heart of the city. Saturday saw the qualifying matches and the Under 13 Youngstars sailed through the first games with four superb strikes from Emmanuel Mwamkono, who lived up to his nickname of Adebayor! The confidence and skills that the boys gained on the training ground under the watchful eyes of Mr Mohamed and Tito really showed and the Youngstars were in a different class! Teams that expected to walk over the barefooted boys from the bush were given a lesson in passing and finishing that made all at GAFFER proud! After a tour of the sights and sounds of Kenya’s most historic city the boys were early to bed in preparation for Sundays finals!

The Semi-Final was against Mikidani FC who had also put on a great show the previous day. The Youngstars took an early lead through Delvan Mwaghogo and held it until half time. In the second half the Youngstars fended off a barrage of attacks lead by the skilled and experienced opposition. An equalizer was inevitable and the village lads were on the back foot with ten minutes to play bat 1-1! Something special was required and it came in the form of a solo effort from Emmanuel Adebayor. Sweeping past defenders to slam the ball into the back of the net and ensure a route to the final against the home favourites – Mombasa Sports Club! Spectators rolled in to see some of Kenya’s most promising football talent on display! In a nail biting final the Youngstars took control before half time and never looked back. With a mid-field that Arsene Wenger would have been proud of GAFFER’s finest teenagers ruled the park and Adebayor added to his amazing tally to give Youngstars the cup! Fantastic football!

As usual the excellent facilities and organization that MSC is reknown for made this an unforgettable experience for all involved. The standard of football in the Coast is improving at an astounding rate and GAFFER cannot wait to be back to mix it up with the best! Thanks to Mr Mshila, Mr Mo, James, Titus and the rest of the GAFFER crew for making it happen! Good work peoples!

SHU13 Final!!

Posted: 10th December 2011 10:30am

The Saul Hull Under 13 tournament drew to an exciting climax this weekend in the Kenyan bush! Sixteen teams made up of GAFFER’s youngest talent have been battling it out to see which village has the finest youngstars! Alongside the football action Sexual Health professionals were on hand to offer advice and testing for HIV.

The tournament is played annually in honour of Saul Hull, one of GAFFER’s greatest supporters. It takes teams made up of players in every village in the area GAFFER works and splits them into four groups with the top two of each going through to the final stages. The competition this year has been intense and the high level of training given by the team coaches under the supervision of GAFFER’s head coach, Titus Eluid, has ensured the standard is improving week by week!

The third place playoff saw Kale FC take on Makwasinyi village in an action packed encounter that went all the way to penalties! Makwasinyi held their nerve and took the victory and the 3rd place prize of a good sized goat! The final was to follow and saw two of GAFFER’s most improved young teams fight it out! Sasenyi and the local boys Itinyi lined up to see who would be crowned champions of 2011!! The game was intense and after Itinyi took an early lead Sasenyi had chance after chance to level the score. But some good luck and goalkeeping heroics prevented Sasenyi breaking the deadlock and the boys of Itinyi ruled the day!

After the celebrations had died down it was time for GAFFER to announce the names of the best players from all the teams who would go on to a week long training camp to create GAFFER Youngstars U13. This team has been invited to a Province wide tournament in the Coast in a couple of weeks time! Good luck to them!

As well as the football St Josephs of Voi provided four professional HIV counselors. Sixty people now know their HIV status which is vital in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Well done guys!!

All this is made possible by an annual fundraising party attended by all who know and love Saul. Thank you guys!

GAFFER Youngstars U16 rule the coast!!

Posted: 25th November 2011 9:33am
GAFFER Youngstars rule the coast!!

At the end of November GAFFER Youngstars traveled to the Coast to face the finest of Mombasa’s footballing youth! Hailing from villages in Taita Taveta GAFFER Youngstars were hand picked from sixteen villages in the area. Having proven themselves in Voi division it was time to take on the toughest boys in Coast Province, if not in Kenya!

Mombasa Combined Charity Academy features players from around Mombasa with teams such as Mombasa Sports Club and Jomvu Boys represented. With excellent coaching from Isa and Rila the team has been selected for an International Tournament in Tanzania in December. The match took place at Makupa Primary School field with a full PA soundsystem accompanying the football spectacle that the enthusiastic supporters were treated to! As soon as the game kicked off it was clear that the Mombasa locals were serious opposition. With calm passing under pressure and great ball skills it was like watching a young Arsenal team command the midfield. Emmanuel of Jomvu made up for his small frame with testing balls up field aimed at the striking powerhouse Omari who sprinted through on goal several times in the first half. But the Youngstars held the line and took the lead through Kimega of Rukanga Village early on. Mombasa responded with Omari rattling the bar with a free kick that Didier Drogba himself would have been proud of! The standard of football was fantastic with Mombasa stars such as Hassan and Ali giving the Youngstars a tough game. However brilliant goals from Emmanuel and Thomas added to Kimega’s second and the GAFFER team took the victory 4-3.

Once again the incredible hospitality of the Mombasa locals made the weekend a great experience for everyone involved! The football was fantastic and Mr Mohamed, James, Titus and Ben at GAFFER would like to thank Mombasa Combined Charity Academy for the warm welcome! GAFFER Youngstars are back to the bush now but will be training hard to ensure they return to the coast for more football action soon!

This year the GAFFER Youngstars have been funded by Dev’s Kili climb and his kind supporters – thanks guys!

Saul Hull Under 13 Tournament kicks off!!

Posted: 17th September 2011 9:45am
Saul Hull Under 13 Tournament kicks off!!

The Saul Hull Under 13 Tournament kicked off last weekend with four teams battling for the first three points. Played in memory of one of GAFFER's greatest supporters the games showcase the youngest footballing talent in the area!

Jora played against Rukanga in the first game which was played at Jora, while Bungule played against Makwasinyi at Bungule primary school.
In this regard, Jora beat Rukanga 7-1. This was the biggest result Jora got in the history of the two teams. No one has ever beaten the other one more than 5 goals since GAFFER started many years back.
Bungule were beaten at home by Makwasinyi 3-1. The winners were happy with the results and they promised to keep the results all the way to win the league. Everyone was amazed by Makwasinyi's display bearing in mind that their under 16s team was beaten 3-0 by Bungule during their opening match at the same venue last season.

Blog by Jimmy Ruwa.

Youngstars Training Camp!

Posted: 10th August 2011 4:19pm
Youngstars Training Camp

This week saw GAFFER’s most promising young footballers attend a training camp in preparation for games far from home! Hand picked from the sixteen teams that entered the Andrew Murch Under 16 Trophy they promise to be the toughest Youngstars yet!

Each year GAFFER selects the best of its youth players to assemble a squad that will represent the villages against teams in the nearby towns and cities. The week long training camp brings the young men together to eat, sleep and train alongside each other. Under the watchful eyes of coaches Mr Mohamed and Titus Eluid, a bunch of individual talents are transformed into a formidable footballing force! Five days of fitness, ball work and classroom sessions culminated in a warm up game against the local mens team, The Samba Boys. Despite the age and size difference the Youngstars showed their skills and took an emphatic victory by two goals to one! The first proper game will be in a week’s time when the Youngstars travel to Mwatate town. Good luck lads!

The training camp and tour matches have been made possible by Dev’s Kili Climb and his kind supporters! A massive thank you to those involved from all at GAFFER!

Andrew Murch Under 16 Finals!

Posted: 20th July 2011 3:26pm
Andrew Murch Under 16 Finals!

The cream of GAFFER’s Under 16 football teams went head to head this weekend to decide the 2011 Champions! After weeks of tough competition there could only be one winner!

The day began with the third place play off where Itinyi met Rukanga and played out a thrilling game that was settled with a pair of stunning goals scored by Rukanga’s Mterengo in the last five minutes! It was then time for the main event to be played in front of hundreds of spectators. The small villages of Jora and Kale don’t usually get a look in at this level. However the dedication and hours of training have come good for the young players of these two up and coming teams. Players as young as 12 years old battled it out in an exciting and well played game that was still goalless at half time. In the second half Jora started to dominate and mid-fielder Jeremiah Joshua ruled the centre of the park before drilling home the winner just before time! Jora were crowned the 2011 Andrew Murch Under 16 champions! Well done lads!

As well as the football action, GAFFER Health once again teamed up with St Josephs of Voi to set up a Voluntary Counseling and Testing facility that would allow the assembled crowd to know their status should they wish to. In all 153 people had professional counseling and were tested for HIV. Thanks to St Josephs for the support once again!

GAFFER Girls tour Mombasa!

Posted: 11th July 2011 3:14pm
GAFFER Girls tour Mombasa!

The first GAFFER Girls team made their debut outside the villages this weekend! With a formidable set of fixtures in the city of Mombasa, the youngsters made GAFFER proud with some great football!

The young ladies all hail from Buguta Primary School where the games teacher, Mr. Mshila, has worked hard to create GAFFER’s first competitive girls team. After a training weekend with the GAFFER coaches it was time to travel to Mombasa to face some serious opposition. The weekend began with a warm up game playing a team of beach boys the white sands of Mombasa’s coastline. For many of the girls it was the first time to see the seaside of their country. It was then time for a serious game was against Coast Queens, the Coast champions! Playing on grass for the first time the team from the Villages shocked all spectators by taking lead after just five minutes. The lead was doubled by half time and the Queens called in reinforcements in the form of the adult ladies team. The older girls soon turned the game around but could not do enough to take the lead and the match finished 2-2. A brilliant result in the face of tough opposition. The weekend finished with a tour of Mombasa conducted by GAFFER coach Mr. Mohamed and a friendly match against the boys of Mombasa Sports Club. The boys easily beat GAFFER Girls but the experience of playing at the best stadium in the city was a great experience for all involved!

The whole event was funded by Dev’s Kili climb and his kind supporters – thanks guys! GAFFER would also like to thank Coast Queens for taking girls football to the next level in Mombasa!

Andrew Murch Under 16’s reaches the Semi’s!

Posted: 28th June 2011 12:26pm
Andrew Murch Under 16’s reaches the Semi’s!

After weeks of hard fought games the finest young stars of GAFFER’s teams have battled their way to within just 90 minutes of the biggest final of their lives!

The Semi-Finals are due to be played this coming weekend and feature neighbouring villages and long standing rivals Jora and Rukanga villages facing off on Saturday. On Sunday another derby will see Itinyi Village take on Kale for a spot in the big final! The standard of football is improving at a great rate in Kasigau and from a league traditionally dominated by bigger teams; it is fantastic to see that training can pay off so sweetly for these young guys from the smaller villages. All at GAFFER are excited by the prospect of selecting the next GAFFER Youngstars from the finest players from the teams that have played so hard in the qualifying stages! We have a date with the big boys in Mombasa and are looking to take our first Under-16 victory in the big city in 2011!

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