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Manyani youths embrace football sport as peace-building tool

many youths in the area will be peace ambassadors and also shun engaging in illegal activities.

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A section of Manyani youths during a football match.PHOTO/Elvis Russel.
Kivumbini Ward in Nakuru East has for many years been associated with alot of ills such as criminal groupings key the illegal confirm,politics of opposition as well as lack of cohesion among communities.

However,this will now be a thing of past after a group of youths from Greenview Estate(Manyani) in Kivumbini Ward, embraced football sport as peacebuilding tool.

 

The youths have grouped themselves into two football teams-Manyani AFC Leopards and Manyani GorMahia.
The teams have been holding football matches every Sunday afternoon as a way to enhance peace among communities living in the area.
Despite lack of  a football playground,the youths are forced to use a section of Nakuru south Cemetery for their mathches.
According to Paul Karori aka Kochez, lack of playground cannot hinder them from having the matches, nurture talents but at the same time use the sport to preach cohesion.
He adds that through this,many youths in the area will be peace ambassadors and also shun engaging in illegal activities.

One of the Manyani Estate football teams.PHOTO/Elvis

Karori who is also the organizer of the matches in Manyani Estate says the two teams have also been contributing sh 50 per player towards purchase of balls.

 

He however appeals to well wishers to step in and support the two teams that will also give hope to the upcoming talents.
“We thought to come up with the matches to help our youths during this COVID-19 pandemic.But key is to ensure that we live in peace as communities” said Karori.
Similar sentiments echoed by Colins Nyamango.
Nyamango says, “the only way to make Manyani and Kivumbini Ward better is to start with ourselves.As youths we need to do our best and shun bad vices”.
Greenview Estate(Manyani) Village Elder Stanely Kinuthia on his part commending the organizers of the football matches.
He says the county government through the Ministry of Youths and Sports should step in and ensure the youths have a better place to practice and nurture their talents.
Kinuthia also states that, “If youths are engaged in such sports,issues of insecurity will be a thing of past.

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Githima FC crowned champions of Nakuru West NG-CDF tournament

The event was presided over by area MP Samuel Arama who was accompanied by area DCC Michael Lesimam.

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Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama hands over a trophy to Githima FC captain.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Githima FC have been crowned champions of the Nakuru Town West NG-CDF second edition football tournament.

 

The team’s 2 goals against Kaptembwa FC’s nil saw them crowned champions during finals held at Nakuru West Secondary school grounds in Nakuru West.

 

Githima FC’s goals were scored by Austine Otieno and Victor Ochieng in 32nd  and 75th  minutes of the game respectively.

 

They received trophy and Ksh.50, 000 while position 2 went to Kaptembwa United FC who received trophy and Ksh.30,000.

 

08 Community FC scooped position 3 while Bagarian FC managed position 4 with the teams making away with Ksh.30,000 and Ksh.20,000 respectively.

 

Golden boot went to Victor Ochieng’ from Kaptembwa FC and Victor Ochieng’ from Githima FC.

 

The best golkeeper went to Philip Kiprotich from Kaptembwa FC and George Ochieng’ from Githima FC.

 

According to one of the event officials Joakim Mbalilwa, the second edition was targeting 500 youths from various wards of  Nakuru West.

 

The event was presided over by area MP Samuel Arama who was accompanied by area DCC Michael Lesimam.

 

Speaking during the event, Arama vowed to continue supporting talents through NG-CDF.

 

While lauding the teams that participated, the Legislator said such will ensure youths are engaged and not engage in matters crime.

 

The Legislator vowed to sponsor another tournament from his pocket ‘Arama Youth Tournament’ to be held during April holidays of 2021.

 

“We will continue to nurture talents through the NG-CDF kitty. This is one way to ensure our youths are engaged to avert criminal activities” he said.

 

Sentiments echoed by area Deputy County Commissioner Michael Lesimam who called on locals to continue adhering to MOH’ COVID-19 protocols.

 

The event was also attended by Nakuru Benchmarking Team led by Simon Ole Nasieku who lauded MP Arama for supporting youths develop their talents.

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Nakuru shines at 2020 Eldama Ravine Half Marathon

The three athletes in a post-race interview said they used the race to prepare for future international competitions with the relaxation of sports regulations in the times of COVID-19 pandemic.

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Half Marathon Winner ,Women Category winner Evaline Chirchir.

Athletes from Nakuru County dominated the podium positions at the highly competitive 7th Eldama Ravine Half Marathon in Eldama Ravine, Baringo County.

In the 21Kms male category, Ronald Kirui from Olenguruone, Kuresoi South sub-County clocked 1:03:04 to finish second after Mateiko Daniel of Bungoma County.

In the Women category, Evaline Chepchirchir from Keringet, Kuresoi South sub-County won the race clocking 1:10:24 followed by Joyce Chepkemoi also from Kiptororo, Kuresoi North sub-County a minute later.

Formerly Chemususu Half Marathon, the annual charity event managed by the Eldama Ravine Half Marathon Community Based Organization seeks to raise funds towards conservation, health and education projects.

The Men and women Gold winners in the 21Kms race took home Sh150, 000 while Silver and Bronze winners pocketed Sh70, 000 and Sh40, 000 respectively.

The event was the first major road race to be held in Kenya since the COVID 19 pandemic struck under strict public health guidelines. Only a few Athletes took part and were all in masks at the start of the races.

The three athletes in a post-race interview said they used the race to prepare for future international competitions with the relaxation of sports regulations in the times of COVID-19 pandemic.

The County Government of Nakuru is setting up a high-altitude athletics training camp at Ndabibit in Keringet, Kuresoi South sub-County to nurture sporting talents in the region.

Last year, the County Government of Nakuru organized the inaugural Keinget Road Race where Caroline Kimutai and Josephat Bett emerged winners.

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Kevin, Dennis Oliech’s younger brother succumbs to cancer in Germany

His death comes barely two years after that of his mother Mary Oliech who passed on in July 2018.

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The late Kevin Oliech. Photo/Courtesy

The football fraternity is this evening mourning the death of Kevin Oliech in Germany earlier today.

The late Kevin is brother to Kenya’s record goalscorer Dennis Oliech and Andrew Oyombe.

Family spokesperson Nixon Oliech said Kevin succumbed to Cancer, a disease he battled for the last four years.

He was scheduled to travel to the United States of America for specialized cancer management.

Locally, he played for Securicor, Nairobi City Stars, Mathare United, Tusker, Thika United and Ushuru football clubs

Internationally, he played for German fifth-tier side KFC Uerdingen 05 and second-tier Alemannia Aachen, among other teams.

His death comes barely two years after that of his mother Mary Oliech who passed on in July 2018.

Late 2016, the late Kevin served Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ugali and fish at mama Oliech restaurant.

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