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!

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!

KCL 6 Final!

Posted: 19th February 2011 3:50pm
KCL Final 2011!!

The Sixth edition of the Men’s Inter-Village tournament came to a climax at Marasi Football ground. After months of tough competition it was finally time to declare the winner! The games also saw GAFFER’s all conquering Youngstars take on an under-13’s team from the big city as HIV testing set new records in the background…

The games began with the 3rd Place play off between Rukanga and Kale villages. After a tough fought game an injury time winner from the younger of Kale’s in form Katana’s brothers added to his big siblings opener and Kale took the game 2-1! GAFFER Youngstars wanted to show the assembled the massive improvements in form that have seen them go from village pitches to city stadiums in their rapid rise as young footballers! They challenged Jomvu United who had traveled from Mombasa. A brilliant display from both sides entertained the crowd and GAFFER’s youngsters impressed with a 2-0 victory. The Jomvu coaches invited GAFFER to a rematch in Mombasa which promises to be a great day out for all involved. Hundreds of supporters turned up for the final game and cheered their teams on. After taking an early lead Samba Boys spent much of the game under pressure and a last minute penalty converted by Tom Kilonzo took the game to extra time! Deep into extra time local boy Joshua Kitiro had a “Pele moment” with a 20 yard drive to ensure the cup stayed with Samba for another year!

Whilst the games were played, St Josephs of Voi provided trained HIV Counsellers to test people on a voluntary basis. James Ruwa and the rest of the GAFFER Health team organized and by the end of the proceedings over 120 more local people knew their status. A massive achievement for all involved!

Blog by Titus Eluid

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!

League Table

Posted: 10th July 2008 4:29pm

With just two games to play for each team the KCL is really hotting up! Dragon and Buguta have already qualified from their groups but there are still six places left in the Quarter-Finals and all to play for!!

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