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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.

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.

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 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.

SHU13 Finals!

Posted: 6th January 2013 6:59pm
SHU13 Finals!

After months of tough games throughout the region it was time to crown the champions of the Saul Hull Under 13 tournament!

Report by GAFFER boss Jimmy Ruwa…

The Under 13s Champions league final was one of the best ever witnessed over the years of football in Kasigau. It was the kings vs kings; a game which was anticipated by all for a long time. The first match was Mkamenyi against home boys Marasi; a game many predicted Marasi was going to be the winners. It went on a goalless draw and was forced to go on penalties.

Many expected few penalties but it was totally different after 10 penalties from each side. Mkamenyi emerged victorious and went with a goat prize and a ball to continue practicing as they take some nyama choma (roasted goat)
Everyone was expecting a lot from the final match which was between Buguta and Kale. These two teams play the real football - the Arsenal way of play. With Kale trained by the short man James Beja, Buguta team is trained by Mr. Mshila; a deputy head teacher from the same school. The similarity is that all of them are teachers although from different, these teams play almost the same way. After just ten minutes of play, Kale was the first to hit the back of the net after Matano Mwamumbo outclassed Buguta defenders and score the opening goal from 12 yards. It was the beginning of everything and Buguta had to press more and more. Buguta has one of the best young left back just like Gibbs. His name is Kiwaya; the son to one of our GAFFER sports coordinator’s in Buguta. The Buguta left back pressed to his flank and was through on goal. He hit the ball to the net. This goal was said to be similar to Juan Mata goal against Sunderland last season. It was a very fast game and anybody could have won the match.

With 30 minutes from both halves not enough for the winner, both teams had to settle for a draw and wait for penalty shoot outs. Kale was the first to go for it and Matano missed his chance. Buguta was taken ahead by Mshila who scored his first penalty. After five penalties, each team was 4-4 and more players had to go extra sixth penalty. Buguta missed and Kale hit the target through Mwamure Chengo. Kale emerged victorious with 5-4. They took the biggest goat and Buguta was satisfied with the second prize.

There were different prizes as well. The best referee prize went to Ali Mwachia, one of our own referee trained under support from GAFFER. He was the man who officiated all two matches of the day with his two assistant referees. He bagged a whistle, and a referee card booklet.

The second prize went to the best captain of the season- Ngati Hassan from Kale. He led his team through unbeaten run; 8 matches unbeaten is not an easy task for a young team. Non of his players was ever cautioned by the referee throughout the season. He bagged a captains armband.

Third prize went to the best player of the season who always influenced the match. This was Leslie Mshila; the son of coach Mshila who was very influential all through.

Forth prize went to Mr. Mshila himself; this marked the beginning of more good things to come. Mr. Mshila has been influential due to the fact that he has been trained through support from GAFFER. GAFFER organized some coaches training with Football Kenya Federation some months ago and this has ever since shown how much this was influential in kasigau football.

The champions Kale have taken the junior cup in their first time ever. They ever clinched the under 16s cup twice but they have never done so in the junior category.

With support from St. Josephs of nearby Voi Town, GAFFER health project organized free HIV counseling and testing at the same venue. Young boys and girls were in large numbers and many of them got tested. A total of 48 people were tested all at the age of over 15 years. The highest gender was male because football was for men so people came for testing mostly men. The table shows the full result for people tested.

We got people mostly tested as young boys because they were the ones who came for testing. St. Josephs didn’t accept for the young boys at the age of 13 to be tested because they are not required by law unless a parent accompanies this kid. All attendants were really happy with the services they got from both GAFFER projects. Also, St. Josephs were really happy after the day as they got everything that they needed.

Saul Hull Under 13 Kicks Off!

Posted: 21st October 2012 6:49pm
Saul Hull Under 13 Kicks Off!

The 2012 edition of GAFFER’s competition for the youngest lads kicked off this weekend in Kasigau! Played in memory of one of GAFFER’s greatest supporters, Saul Hull, this year promises to be the best ever!

Featuring sixteen village teams from every corner of the region the tournament plays off in a Champions League style format with the best teams making it through the group stages and into the finals! Hot favourites this year hailed from deepest Kasigau zone where the rough rural football pitches hone skills as well as strength. The teams had been training daily after class in preparation for the Sunday games. As the group stages are fought, GAFFER scouts are on hand to spot the best of the young talent who will make up the GAFFER Under 13 Youngstars and represent their region throughout Kenya!

Good luck lads…lets make this the best Saul Hull Under 13 tournament ever!

GAFFER Youngstars rule the Coast!

Posted: 15th September 2012 9:13am
GAFFER Youngstars rule the Coast!

In September the cream of GAFFER’s Youngstars were brought together again to show the big city boys how to play football!

After the success of the Under 16 Tournament, GAFFER carefully selected sixteen of the most promising young footballers from every corner of the region! The players were brought together at Marasi Primary School in Maungu for a week long training session under the supervision of coaches Mr Mo and Titus. The young men ate, played, relaxed and slept together to ensure that from sixteen individuals a team was built that could challenge the toughest in the Coast! James Ruwa provides the updates…

Our first match was played at Shanzu teachers against Coach Wenger’s young boys. Coach Wenger is one of the experienced coaches in coast province and he was an integral person in ensuring that St. John’s girls did what they did. He went to Burundi with them and he was the technical manager. After just ten minutes of play, GAFFER young stars were 2-0 behind the hosts and we had to do some changes including the defensive changes where David was introduced as well as Emmanuel in the striking force. It was difficult to believe but at half time, GAFFER was leading 3-2. The game ended at 3-3 and all teams were satisfied with the hard fought draw.

The coming day was a match against the famous Mombasa sports club. It was early in the morning and we knew that our project director and friends would be watching the afternoon match at Magongo. We had to rest our important players for the match. Emmanuel, David and Gibran were all rested for the afternoon match. GAFFER was a goal up by half time thanks to the speedy winger Bajila Bashora. In the second half, we were two goals up and they had to substitute few stronger players. The battle went on and we were 2-2 at the end of the match. Mombasa sports were not satisfied with the result considering how they were outmuscled by a village team.

The afternoon match was the long awaited one. Each one knew that the project director would be coming to see the match and boys prepared themselves very well. Magongo team looked packed with strong boys but GAFFER was technically fit and in just two minutes, Emmanuel had found the back of the net. The game went on and after good footwork with Gybran, Emmanuel added the second for himself. Bajila was at the top after two fine goal before the end of the first half. We were leading by 4 goals at half time. After the restart, they fought hard and grabbed one goal for themselves. Emmanuel was quick and ran for the counter and finally got his first ever hat-trick for the match. Gybran added the sixth and boys were really happy and went back with the following slogan: “Jamaa eeeh jamaa eeeh! Wamekula ngapi?...moja mbili tatu nne tano sita magongooooo”. It was such a crazy outing for the boys and they are looking forward to get another one in future.

Andrew Murch Under 16 Finals!

Posted: 2nd August 2012 9:23am
Andrew Murch Under 16 Finals!

After months of tough battles on the football pitches of rural Kenya, sixteen teams have been whittled down to four for the Andrew Murch finals!!

GAFFER’s young footballers have improved at an incredible rate over the past couple of years and this has clearly been demonstrated in the latest edition of the Under 16 tournament. After hard fought group stages the teams that booked themselves for a place in the semi-finals hailed from every corner that GAFFER covers. Bungule from a village in the shadow of Mount Kasigau. Kale boast the youngest team with many of their successful under 13 players stepping up to the big league. The local boys from Maungu were strong favourites throughout the tournament and benefited from plenty of ball time with GAFFER head coach Titus. Finally Buguta is the largest village that GAFFER works in and have a huge pool of talent to choose from!

The finals took place at Marasi Primary school grounds in Maungu Village. Hundreds of supporters turned out to watch the games and soak up the electric atmosphere! GAFFER Health was on hand to provide free HIV testing and counseling with the support of St Josephs health professionals. The third place playoff saw the young stars of Kale dominate a tough Buguta team and come away with a 3-1 victory and a third place trophy! The big final went all the way to penalties with the tourists from Bungule taking the win from the penalty spot with a 4-2 victory!

In addition to the football, a sterling effort from St Josephs behind the scenes ensured 110 more people now know their HIV status in Kenya. This is crucial in the on going fight against HIV and AIDS.

GAFFER would like to thank the usual suspects for making another final such a success! Mr Mo, Jimmy, Tito, St Josephs, Wildlife Works and all the supporters who made it such a great day! Well done guys!

KCL 7 Finals!

Posted: 21st April 2012 8:37am
KCL 7 Finals!

After the toughest competition GAFFER has seen in years the Kasigau Champions League 7 reached an exciting climax this weekend in Buguta Village, Kenya! The mens league is always a fascinating spectacle with village rivalries played out on the field!

This year the finals were played at Buguta Primary School sports ground. The biggest village that GAFFER works in made its size felt as hundreds of fans turned out for one of the toughest finals in years! With an exhibition match which pitted teachers against students the crowd was nicely warmed up for the main event! Jora village had seen off tough opposition from their traditional rivals Rukanga and Bungule in the group stages and were ready for a big game. Their experienced team were strong favourites to take the trophy! Tsavo Lions hail from Miasenyi village and had several young players from the successful GAFFER Youngstars team.

Jora took control and the lead early on but with an equalizer just before half time in the baking heat Tsavo Lions set up a second half to savour! A fascinating three-quarters of an hour followed and in the end Miasenyi’s young legs conquered the experienced Jora team with an emphatic 3-1 victory! The crowd went wild and the celebrations continued all the way home for the Miasenyi boys who had earned a wonderful victory!

During the day St Josephs Centre of Hope were on hand to offer free and discrete voluntary counseling and HIV testing for anyone who wished to know their status. 77 people were tested which is a brilliant achievement in the fight against AIDS in Kenya. Well done guys and girls!

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