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 Health Sanitary Towel Project

Posted: 16th August 2012 9:09am
Sanitary Towel Project

With continuing support from two Swedish nurses, GAFFER Health has been able to visit every school in the region and support the young ladies who study there!

Rural primary schools have students from five to twenty years old. As the girls grow up a common complaint is that the lack of sanitary towels prevents girls attending school during their periods. Reusable sanitary towels are cheap and easy to make and with the correct training can be as hygienic as disposable towels without the cost. The following report is by James Ruwa.

Our two experienced ladies led by Esmily Chari have been moving to schools, selecting a minimum number of 50 girls and then starting the real work. Firstly there is an education session during which girls are made aware of their monthly cycles as well as their body changes. They are taught about different issues concerning their bodies and how to avoid different challenges affecting them.

Asha Kibwana is experienced in cutting samples. As Esmily continues to talk to the young ladies, she cuts the samples ready for the day’s job. She tries her best to make sure that her samples are of the required standard. The samples are then presented to all girls and each girl is able to start work at this point. We normally distribute needles, thread, buttons and scissors for them to use. We also give them pieces of clothes so that each one can cut and make her their own. After introductions and cutting of samples, the two ladies have responsibilities of giving out materials and the young girls starts to make their own. Esmily and Asha make sure that at least each kid has one sample of her own.

It’s our hopes that all kids across kasigau schools have benefited I this project. We shall send our ladies to schools to see how their performance fairs. The following schools benefited from this project:
Mbele, Miasenyi, Marasi, Marungu, Kale, Itinyi, Sasenyi, Buguta, Kisimenyi, Rukanga, Kiteghe, Jora, Bungule, Makwasinyi and Mkamenyi primary schools. We have hence received support from teachers in various school administrations, ensuring that all kids are available when needed. The girls themselves have been happy and supportive in the same process. We are hoping for more beneficial projects in future to the kasigau and Marungu communities.

This initiative has been supported by Eva Karin-Gotting and Maria Mjobo for the second year running. Thank you ladies!

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!

Andrew Murch Under 16 Tournament kicks off!

Posted: 6th June 2012 6:43pm
Andrew Murch Under 16 Tournament kicks off!

This weekend saw the start of GAFFER’s Under 16 tournament in the villages surrounding Mount Kasigau, Kenya! Sixteen teams have been training hard in preparation for what promises to be the toughest edition yet!

With many young stars fresh from successes in the Saul Hull Under 13 tournament now graduating to play alongside their older counterparts, the level of football can only improve! The tournament begins with teams facing off in four groups and battling it out in a Champions League style format with the top two teams from each group progressing to the final stages! Last years champions, Jora FC, were back to try and reclaim their crown but tough challenges lie ahead for all the teams!

The tournament is played in memory of Andrew Murch, an avid football fan from the UK who’s family have supported GAFFER through Alive & Kicking Kenya.

GAFFER Youngstars go Nationwide!

Posted: 25th March 2012 6:56pm
The Youngstars go Nationwide!

The annual Coca-Cola Football Tournament is one of the most prestigious events in Kenya’s footballing calendar. GAFFER Youngstars made the long journey to the border town of Taveta to show their skills against teams from all of the Coast Province.

After an overnight journey that took the players through the heart of Tsavo, Kenya’s largest National Park, the boys finally arrived in the dusty, bustling town and donned their boots in preparation for a fantastic weekend of football! Two days of relentless football ensued with GAFFER Youngstars showing everyone that the time on the training ground was time well spent! With victories against Taveta and Mwatate and a draw with Voi, the Youngstars were without doubt the strongest team on show! Brilliant performances by all the GAFFER stars including a brace of goals for young Kelvin Kuite saw off the opposition and Myanyasi’s David Seaman-esque goalkeeping heroics ensured the ball remained the right side of the net! At the end of the weekend no less than six players were selected from the GAFFER boys to represent the Coast Provincial team in the national tournament!

A brilliant effort from all involved especially Mr Mohamed, Jimmy Ruwa and Tito Eluid who coached and supported the boys throughout the build up and tournament! Thank you guys…the Youngstars are a force to be reckoned with!

GAFFER Youngstars Bootcamp!

Posted: 20th February 2012 6:13pm
GAFFER Youngstars bootcamp!

Success comes at a price. For the recent footballing success of the GAFFER Youngstars all over Kenya’s Coast that price is paid on the field! GAFFER’s first training camp for both Under-16 and Under-13 youth players took place this week in the grounds of Marasi Primary school, Kenya.

Both age groups have been outstanding with victories at the most prestigious tournaments in Mombasa. With nationwide tournaments looming it was time to ensure that the young men were the best they could possibly be when they face Kenya’s finest talent! With Head Coach Titus running the show under the watchful eye of GAFFER’s most experienced football consultant, Mr Mohamed, it was time for some serious football. The boys trained, ate, slept and relaxed together to build teamwork and friendships as well as footballing prowess. Friendly matches were played at the end of each day with adult teams from around the area. The GAFFER boys held their own and by the end of the week were easily dispatching some shocked looking locals! Let’s hope the lads can make 2012 as successful as 2011!

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 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!

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