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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.

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.

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!

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