By Reuben Olita
Nasewa Football Club were declared the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Matayos Sub Branch Zone B champions in a colourful ceremony presided over by sponsor and Matayo South Member of the County Assembly, Hon Linus Asiba.
Nasewa completed the season after tying with Muungano FC on 37 points but were declared winners on goal difference. Labour FC took third position after scooping 36 points with Black Stars taking fourth spot with 33 points in the 10-team league.
To justify their championship status, Nasewa beat Muungano 3-2 in a ceremonial match to award the winners at Lwanya Primary School grounds two days before Kenyans mark this year’s Christmas Day.
Moses Sande put Nasewa in the lead after 41 minutes with a clinical finish in the match well officiated by Division One referee Isaac Ogutu assisted by Henry Agona and Raymond Wandera.
Javan Ouma made it 2-0 for the league champions in the 42nd minute. A rejuvenated Muungano reduced the deficit a minute into the second half with Frankline Kwena beating Nasewa goalkeeper, Emmanuel Ouma with a close range shot.
Kwena was on target again a minute later with another sublime finish to make it 2-2. Their hope for a draw was however shattered in the 86th minute when Meshack Erikodi struck the winner for Nasewa.
Matayos South Constituency Member Parliament aspirant who is also a renowned principal, Mr Peter Obwogo feted the two teams with a set of uniform and a ball each.
The sponsor Hon. Asiba awarded the champions a set of uniform, a trophy, a ball and Ksh.30,000. Muungano received two sets of uniform, a ball and Ksh.25,000. Labour which took third position went home with uniform, a ball and Ksh.20,000.
Black Star, Murende Hil, Lunga United, Mabunge, Riverside and Mamba which took fourth to ninth positions respectively received a set of uniform and cash awards of Ksh.10,000 each.
David Oduor who emerged the top scorer was awarded with golden boots. Arthur Okello received gloves for emerging the best goalkeeper.
Team coach Francis Okwova said the win was a good Christmas gift for the team which has won a total of 12 trophies under his tutelage, promising to capture the County league.
Team captain, Bramwel Omuke said their victory came through discipline, hard work, following instructions from the technical bench and observing daily training.
The zone coordinator, Paul Ngota revealed that he has identified potential talent in Omuke and defender Clin Wenyinye of Muungano who have been seconded to Ruiru FC, adding that Sam Ouma of Mabunge FC and goalkeeper, Arthur Okeda of Ganjala who are in Standard eight will join St Mary’s Mundika High on full scholarship.
Sponsor Hon Asiba said he will factor in the next budget, if re-elected, funds for purchase of a mini-bus to help address challenges faced by teams while honouring their away matches, adding the league he sponsored has helped tap talents and improved security.
Mr Peter Obwogo pledged to sponsor teams in the constituency if elected MP, noting that football is a paying game if youths ventured into it.
Nangina Ward Member of the County Assembly, Hon John Obwogo said engaging the youths in sporting activities will lead to reduction in cases of drug abuse and sexually transmitted diseases among others.