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!

GAFFER Girls tour Mombasa!

Posted: 11th July 2011 3:14pm
GAFFER Girls tour Mombasa!

The first GAFFER Girls team made their debut outside the villages this weekend! With a formidable set of fixtures in the city of Mombasa, the youngsters made GAFFER proud with some great football!

The young ladies all hail from Buguta Primary School where the games teacher, Mr. Mshila, has worked hard to create GAFFER’s first competitive girls team. After a training weekend with the GAFFER coaches it was time to travel to Mombasa to face some serious opposition. The weekend began with a warm up game playing a team of beach boys the white sands of Mombasa’s coastline. For many of the girls it was the first time to see the seaside of their country. It was then time for a serious game was against Coast Queens, the Coast champions! Playing on grass for the first time the team from the Villages shocked all spectators by taking lead after just five minutes. The lead was doubled by half time and the Queens called in reinforcements in the form of the adult ladies team. The older girls soon turned the game around but could not do enough to take the lead and the match finished 2-2. A brilliant result in the face of tough opposition. The weekend finished with a tour of Mombasa conducted by GAFFER coach Mr. Mohamed and a friendly match against the boys of Mombasa Sports Club. The boys easily beat GAFFER Girls but the experience of playing at the best stadium in the city was a great experience for all involved!

The whole event was funded by Dev’s Kili climb and his kind supporters – thanks guys! GAFFER would also like to thank Coast Queens for taking girls football to the next level in Mombasa!

GAFFER Youngstars triumph in Mombasa!

Posted: 16th October 2010 9:35pm
GAFFER Youngstars!

GAFFER’s best players from the Saul Hull Under 13’s trained together for the first time this weekend before taking on Mombasa’s most formidable team…and winning! A truly brilliant achievement for all involved!

The standard of football was high throughout the recent SHU13 Championship and GAFFER’s main man Titus knew his team would be tough. Most of the 15 Youngstars who were lucky enough to make the grade had never seen the sea before but didn’t let this put them off their morning training sessions on Kenya’s famous beaches. When the game against Mombasa Sports Club came round they were ready for the best team in the Coast Province. The game was tough especially as the MSC kids had the home advantage on grass and in boots. GAFFER Youngstars had trained so hard for this fixture they were eager to impress and a wonderfully crafted goal finished by Emmanual gave them a 1-0 lead which was stoutly defended for the duration of the match!

Last years “SaulGood” event raised the money for the Youngstars and a massive shout must go out to all who attended. GAFFER could not have pulled off their most famous victory yet without you guys!

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