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Nakuru’s young footballer in need of Sh.1m for trials at Manchester

Godson is optimistic that this is an opportunity that will transform his life once he goes through the trials at Manchester.

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Godson Chigema during an interview with the writer at their home in Sports Club,Kivumbini Ward in Nakuru County.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Godson Chigema’s dream of becoming one of the international footballers from Kenya might just come true after he commenced the process of application to join Premier Football UK trials in Manchester.

The trials as per the organizers are held in the State of Manchester where scouts from major international clubs come and watch as the players go about their activities in the field.

Those who are selected are then taken through some training before they are absorbed into the various clubs.

Godson Chigema at their home in Sports club Estate in Kivumbini Ward,Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Born in 2002 and raised from a humble background in Kivumbini Ward, Nakuru East sub county of Nakuru, Godson has had interest in matters football since his childhood.

The 19 year old says he developed interest in matters football while at St.Teresa’s Primary school in Kivumbini.

During this time he used to participate in inter-schools- a move that saw his talent recognized and even shaped further while in Secondary where he was included in the first squad as goalkeeper as well as defender.

“I used to participate in inter-schools and that is where my talent started developing” he says.

After completing his Fourth Form in 2019, Godson has been fully involved in matters football with Deliverance Church FC as well as Freehold FC in Nakuru.

However his dream to even nurture his talent further has seen him apply online for the Premier Football UK trials after his friend hinted to him about the same.

“At first I was hesitating but I just gave it a trial and applied giving a description about myself and after 5 days I was given a respond congratulating me but also giving me the requirements” he said.

However, the humble Godson whom this writer met with at their home in Sports Club Estate in Kivumbini Ward, is now appealing to well-wishers to step in and ensure that he pays the close to Ksh.1 million to meet all the requirements.

Godson with his parents at their home in Sports club Estate in Kivumbini Ward,Nakuru County.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

He is optimistic that this is an opportunity that will transform his life once he goes through the trials at Manchester.

Godson, a Chelsea fan, believes football talents in Kenyan are yet to be tapped due to what he terms as corruption.

He says once he succeeds, his ambition is to have an academy in Nakuru, Kenya so that he can also help nurture talents and help youths shun drugs.

“My dream is to see talents nurtured at grass root and that is why I have ambition to also set up a football academy” he says.

Godson’s parents Donald and Linet Chigema are grateful for their son.

Their appeal is to the well-wishers to step in through contribution number and ensure their son attends the trials in Manchester State in UK.

“We have seen his talent and we hope the society will step in to ensure he nurtures it through the training in Manchester” they said.

Similar sentiments echoed by Francis Shinali from Residents’ Association who says Godson is a reflection youths have talents that are yet to be tapped into.

He challenges the society to ensure such talents are not wasted but nurtured to be role models to other youths in society.

“We have a responsibility and that is why we are appealing to Residents of Kivumbini Ward, Nakuru County and nationally through various sports associations to step in so that the Ksh.1 Million can be met” said Shinali.

Those who want to channel their contribution can do so through 0713826285.

 

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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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