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.

Andrew Murch Under-16 Cup kicks off!

Posted: 7th May 2011 4:55pm
Andrew Murch Under 16s

The 2011 edition of the Andrew Murch Under-16 tournament kicked off in Kasigau this weekend! Over the next three months the best of the area’s young footballing talent will battle it out to lift the cup!

The tournament is supported by friends and family of a young British football lover who tragically passed away. The cup is played in groups then knock out final stages and features 15 teams from all around the area!

The focus this year is on developing a Youngstar team of our most promising boys and taking them on tour to show the rest of Kenya what GAFFER Youngstars can do! To this end training has been stepped up in all the Primary Schools and Alive & Kicking’s famous footballs are being loaned to the schools to support their teams. GAFFER promises its quickest ever turnaround times when fixing balls punctured by the tough pitches therefore maximizing ball time for the young players.

The first games featured Makwasinyi travelling to Bungule for a brilliant game watched by parents and fans from all around. The local boys came good with a 3-0 victory to jump start their campaign. Jora hosted Rukanga in a tough 3-1 victory played out in front of most of Jora village! It was great to see kids as young as 12 years old competing and showing that ball skills and quick feet can outwit brute force on the football pitch! GAFFER is looking forward to developing its most competitive Youngstars ever!

KCL 6 Kicks Off!

Posted: 13th November 2010 2:31pm
KCL 6 Mens League Kicks off!

After the success of GAFFER Youngstars it’s now time for the big guys to show off their skills! The sixth inter-village tournament for the men kicked off with sixteen teams battling to lift the Kasigau Champions League trophy!

The competition between teams representing the villages GAFFER Sport works in has been running annually since 2005. The teams are divided into four groups and the top eight teams then go on to the final rounds! The current trophy holders Black Lions will be fighting to make it three titles in a row against stiff competition from all over the region! With teams training daily and games cheered on by supporters this promises to be the toughest KCL yet!

How GAFFER's world is shaping up

Posted: 14th June 2008 7:48am

We are now nearly half way into the regular season and by this weekend every team will have played the other teams in their group. Apologies to all hoping to follow the scores thus far on the site but we have been attacked by unpredictable web gremlins here in the bush, we believe they may well have vanished and work will continue as it should very shortly!

Suffice it to say there have already been some upsets and a lot of drama in the league thus far. It is certainly shaping up in a way that hints at a final between teams that have never previously got that far, as always in football though, everything can and probably will change!

GAFFER is also thrilled that Mr Mo will be handling management duties out here now with Mwalolo also joining us as a regional coordinator for the North and Charo doing the same in the south. Life is certainly getting busy for GAFFER and moving along very nicely. James leaves us next week to head back to the UK for a while but will no doubt continue to be a presence in the GAFFER world.

The balls are fixed!

Posted: 9th May 2008 12:04pm
James Ruwa

A happy day for GAFFER today. James Ruwa has been back from college and fixing footballs for us inbetween bouts of studying hard! He has now fixed all of the footballs that GAFFER has supplied to the villages and teams and they are winging their way back to their respective owners.

Tomorrow James and Mr Mohamed will be running a seminar to train the referees for the new league and have set up a match between the youth teams from Maungu and Itinyi, this promises to be a great day for all. The big day then comes on Sunday when the new Kasigau Champions League begins in earnest with the first four matches! Look out for an update and some pictures from these fixtures very soon.

GAFFER gets busy

Posted: 30th April 2008 6:32pm
gaffer visits

Busy times for GAFFER these last few weeks. Mr Mohamed has officially jined the family and will be adding his unique and fantastic form of football comentary to this site very soon. Ben also paid James a visit at GAFFER HQ for a few weeks.

The league kick off is on May 11th and is shaping up nicely. The fixtures are being prepared for the site as we speak. The captains all convened in Maungu this last week and all is set for another great season. Ben and James then set about visiting pitches and players to ensure all is set.

This looks set to be a great championship and with Mr Mohamed on board things can only look good for football in East Africa!

GAFFER School visits

Posted: 9th April 2008 1:03pm

James has been hard at work for GAFFER visitng the schools and villages we work with. The welcome has been amazing and the kids are all still very active and playing lots of football after school! The men's teams are now hard at work also training for the new league. Fixtures lists are going out today and we have lots of exciting times ahead!

Keep checking back here soon for details of how the league and the youth training is continueing. We are also soon to be putting video content on the site featuring matches from the league!

GAFFER welcomes new people to the family!

Posted: 18th March 2008 2:24pm

GAFFER would like to officially welcome a few new people to the family. Ryce, Philip, Gibran, Mohammed and Cyprian are all players for various teams across the villages. They have been previously been helping to coach the kids after schools before playing for their own teams and we are delighted that they have agreed to do this more regularly now. This means we are now starting to have a larger team of people out both teaching football and delivering HIV/Aids lessons in schools.

This is great news for GAFFER and great news for the local youth. These guys are all looked up to as good players and the kids will really benefit from their coaching and experience. It also means lots more football and lots more fun for everyone out here!

The Kasigau Champions league 4 is gearing up nicely and we hope to have a fixtures list up here soon for anyone wishing to follow the progress. The anticipation is high and it looks set to be a fantastic contest. The players are all asked as part of their participation in the league to do some community service also. This is great news for the Kasigau area too because it means more football coaching for the youth and also a good chance to get back to the tree planting and other educational things that GAFFER is involved in helping to benefit the local area.

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