Sam Ochieng Football Tournament

Congratulations to KODIDI Football club, the winners of 2010:

It was a competitive final, 11 Bay versus Kodidi FC. During the match, Gerald Omondi, a Kodidi striker was endeared to fans for his several efforts to score and display of talent. His had hard work had bore fruits and eventually Kodidi beat 11 Bay, 4-2.

A time to raise awareness of sports and community entrepreneurship in Kendu Bay, KENYA

“Sports competition is not like politics. It is not about money, it is bigger than money. It is good to have dreams about making it big in the world. You have talent and we will help you achieve the dream of making it in life. With football you can go and work in Europe.



If football can make you a star, go for it,” amid cheers, he said, citing Kenya’s footballer, MacDonald Mariga, who plays football in Italy for European champions, Inter Milan.



Our congratulations to all the teams, who took part in the tournament this year 2010.

SACOMA is committed to every child’s right to take part in sports. We give young people a chance to become constructive participants in society, regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, social background or religion. Through games and sports, we help create social change in communities

At the Kendu Muslim primary school, Zena Rashid Atieno paid special attention, watching the football duel, on September 19, the last day of  Sam Ochieng Football tournament in Kendu Bay, about 300 km from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

For a long time, Zena, a 40-something mother of two had never had the opportunity to watch such a grueling football tournament. But Zena was not an ordinary fan in the crowd. She could have chosen to stay at home and attend to chores. She had come to watch her son, Hassan Omar, a mid-fielder with 11 Bay, a local team. To her it was more than cheering or jeering. Like other fans who had thronged the small stadium, Zena shouted, often expressing her disappointment at a player who had lost the ball to an opponent. It was obvious; she was a supporter of 11 Bay.

In the two-day tournament, 11 Bay, Kodidi FC, Oriang United and Karabondi had made it to the semi-finals among 12 teams. In the semi-finals, Kodidi FC defeated Oriang United, 1-0 while 11 Bay FC beat Karabondi, 2-0.

It was a competitive final, 11 Bay versus Kodidi FC. During the match, Gerald Omondi, a Kodidi striker was endeared to fans for his several efforts to score and display of talent. His had hard work had bore fruits and eventually Kodidi beat 11 Bay, 4-2.

In Kendu Bay, though talented, most of the youth hardly make it to play for national teams such as Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, popular national teams in Kenya. Only a few like Felix Rachuonj, George Akopo and Gordon Ondayi have made a breakthrough to play for Gor Mahia briefly.
Felix, a third year veterinary student at the University of Nairobi said though he loves football he had to shatter his dreams and go back to school in August, 2008. But when he is in Kendu Bay, he often plays for Kodidi FC.

In Kendu Bay most of the youth are unemployed and a few are motorbike taxi drivers and touts. Most of the youth said the tournament was a good opportunity for rewarding and nurturing sporting talent in the area. 
Most of teams lack sporting instruments such as balls and jerseys, an initiative that Mr Ochieng has taken and says he will donate balls and jerseys to local teams and that the tournament will be held annually.

The winner, Kodidi FC, was awarded a trophy and Ksh12, 000 (US $137) while the runners-up, 11 Bay, won a trophy and Ksh8, 000(US $100). Karabondi FC which was the third team won a trophy and Ksh6, 000 (US$75). A trophy was awarded to the best player and the top scorer in the tournament.

Mr Ochieng said next year, Ksh100,000(US$ 1,250) will be up for grabs in the Sam Ochieng football tournament. He plans to introduce volleyball and netball in 2011’s sports tournament.

Jackson Wekesa, the Karachuonyo youth officer acknowledged the talent possessed by young people in the area and said the ministry of Youth Affairs has set aside Ksh1million to help the youth of Karachuonyo to set up small businesses.

Mr Ochieng said his vision to help the youth of Kendu Bay realize their dreams, started in earnest a year ago when the London based entrepreneur bought balls to take to Kenya. On a trip to Kenya, he realized he had bought six balls.




 

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