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Andrew Murch Under 16 reaches the semi's!

Posted: 9th August 2013 3:28pm
Andrew Murch U16 reaches the Semi-Finals!

After months of hard fought group stages the teams have been whittled down to the very best young footballers in the area!

Boys from all the villages had tried their best to show their strengths but the best teams entered the semis. A hard fought win against Buguta saw Makwasinyi go through to quarters while a comfortable win against Mkamenyi saw Rukanga win 3-0. An impressive performance from Kale saw them beat Mbele 3-0 thanks to impressive performance from their star players Mwamure chengo and Delvan Mwaghogho. Miasenyi surprised many after beating Itinyi with a solitary goal from Mwangeka. Hence the semi finals were as follows;

Kale vs Makwasinyi

Miasenyi vs Rukanga

After the semi final matches, Kale beat Makwasinyi 5-0 Thanks to goals from Mwamure, a brace from Mwaghogho and another brace from Aaron. Hence Kale entered the finals with ease. Rukanga brushed off Miasenyi with a comfortable 3-1 and had to meet kale in the finals.

The tournament is played in memory of Andrew Murch. An avid football fan and GAFFER supporter.

Blog update by Jimmy Ruwa.

Andrew Murch Under 16 Tournament Kicks Off!

Posted: 16th June 2013 3:19pm
Andrew Murch Under 16 Kicks off!

The 6th Edition of the GAFFER Andrew Murch under 16s championship kicked off in June! With 16 teams involved in the competition it looks to be the toughest challenge yet!

Mbele, Miasenyi, Marasi, Itinyi, Marungu, Kale, Mkamenyi, Sasenyi, Buguta, Kisimenyi, Kiteghe, Rukanga, Jora, Bungule, Makwasinyi and Ngambenyi were all participants with all teams showing their strengths.

After several matches in preliminaries, group A saw Rukanga and Makwasinyi proceed to the quarter finals while group B saw Buguta and Mkamenyi win their respective groups. Group C saw Kale lead the group while Itinyi came second. Group D saw Miasenyi lead their group while Mbele was second. After the quarter finals, Rukanga beat Mkamenyi 3-0, while Makwasinyi beat Buguta through penalty shoot out(4-3). Kale thgen thumped Mbele 3-0 thanks to impressive performance from Mwaghogho and Mwamure- both participated in the EAC in moshi early this year while Itinyi was surprised by Miasenyi after being knoked out by a solo effort from Mwangeka.

The Tournament is played in memory of Andrew Murch. A football player and fan as well as a great GAFFER supporter.

Update by Jimmy Ruwa.

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!

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 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!

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!

Under-16 football tournament kicks off!

Posted: 7th November 2008 8:00pm
Andrew Murch Qualifying

After the success of the Mens League, the second Youth Tournament kicked off in rural Kenya! The action began in Rukanga village and all 16 villages have fielded a team aiming to lift the Andrew Murch Memorial Shield in six months time! Coaches are trained and supported by GAFFER to push the young players to their limits. Players as young as ten battle it out with older boys and the quality of football is improving fast!

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