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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Super eleven FC wins Sipili/Ol-Moran MCA Football Tournament

By Grace Wangui
Football enthusiasts turned up in large numbers on December 7, 2014 at Ol-Moran Football Stadium, Laikipia West to witness the final of Sipili/Ol-Moran Member of County Assembly (MCA) football tournament.
Super eleven and Charlton FC fans arrived in Ol-Moran in style as a convoy of hired vehicles ferried more than one hundred and fifty (150) football supporters from Sipili. The fans arrived in Ol-Moran singing praise songs and blowing vuvuzelas. The Ol-Moran MCA had hired the vehicles to ferry Sipili football fans.
Ol-Moran MCA with some of the football players
The tournament had been organized to avoid idleness among the youths in Sipili/Ol-Moran ward, increase competitiveness among soccer clubs in Sipili/Ol-Moran, to identify and develop soccer talents in Sipili/Ol-Moran and to promote club development in the ward. The tournament was sponsored by Ol-moran Member of County Assembly.
Four teams participated namely: Ol-Moran FC, Nagum FC, Charlton United and Super eleven FC. The final was between Chalton United and Super eleven FC. Charlton FC had earlier on defeated Ol-Moran FC while Super eleven had defeated Nagum FC. Super eleven FC emerged victorious after penalty shootout.
Speaking during the prize giving ceremony, Ol-Moran Member of County Assembly Hon Duncan Ndegwa said that he was impressed by the quality of the tournament. He urged the teams to continue training in order to improve during the next tournament and also to be able to participate in Laikipia County Governor Football Tournament.
“Sipili home teams will play a friendly during Jamhuri day at Sipili Football Stadium. We expect to start a volley ball tournament in January so I urge youths to start registering their volley ball teams, “said Hon Ndegwa.
He said that he was impressed by the level of sportsmanship portrayed by the football players as well as the supporters. He urged the youths to continue showing the same level of enthusiasm and for caring for their fellow youths.
Some of the football fans enjoying themselves
Super eleven FC was issued with a trophy, football kits as well as five thousand Kenya Shillings (5,000) for winning the tournament. Charlton FC who were the runners up received three thousand Kenya shillings (3,000), Ol-Moran FC received Ksh 1,000 while Nagum FC received Ksh 1,000 and football kits.
“It is clear that the standards of football in this ward have really improved. We are happy that our MCA has been at the fore front of promoting sports in the ward,” said John Chege, one of the football supporters who travelled from Sipili to cheer Super eleven.
Similarly, Francis Munyiri concurred with his sentiments. He noted that most youths are now spending their time engaging in sports instead of idling.
“I was confident that super eleven would win the league and I have been proven right. The MCA has really engaged youths through sports. This is something that we support as youths and we will always appreciate such initiatives,” said Munyiri.
The MCA has called upon teams to start registering for the next tournament which will start in January 2015. So far the MCA has spent more than Ksh 120,000 in organizing the football tournaments.
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