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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!

SHU13 Final!

Posted: 9th October 2010 9:28pm
SHU13 Finals

After weeks of tough competition the Saul Hull Under 13 Championship reached an exciting climax! Eight village teams had battled to reach the finals and the standard of football has been remarkable considering this is only the second trophy for GAFFER's youngest stars!

Hot favourites Maungu faced the rising stars of Mkamenyi in an action packed finale! After a hard fought game just one goal separated the teams and Maungu were crowned champions in front of their home support! The day was a really great success and many fans turned up to support the future of Kenyan football. There were exhibition matches for both adults and under 16’s and GAFFER Health were on hand to provide sexual health education to the fans. The best players from all eight teams will be hand picked to make up GAFFER Youngstars who will represent GAFFER countrywide!

The SHU13 Championship is played in memory of one of GAFFER’s greatest supporters, Saul Hull, who tragically passed away in 2008. Saul loved football and supported GAFFER from the early beginnings. All at GAFFER are very proud to host the tournament in his honour. An annual event raises money which funds the championship as well as the Youngstars as they travel to show Kenya what the GAFFER boys can do!

SHU13 Cup Kicks off!

Posted: 14th August 2010 5:18pm
SHU13 Cup Kicks off!

The Saul Hull Under 13 Cup kicked off this weekend! Played in memory of one of GAFFER’s greatest supporters who sadly passed in 2008. The cup builds on the enthusiasm developed in the recent youth tournaments and will end with the brightest young players being taken on tour!

The tournament takes eight village teams of Under 13 year olds who play in groups before the group winners meet in the finals! The teams train daily with their GAFFER trained coach to ensure that the young players have the guidance required to develop. The first weekend saw Marungu U13 defeat Itinyi 3 – 0 and the defending champions Mkamenyi get off to a flying start with a 4 – 1 victory over Sasenyi!

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