By Reuben Olita

A beehive of activities is rocking the border county of Busia with 103 teams battling for supremacy in various Football Leagues including sub branch, branch, Regional, Division Two and Division One and women leagues.

The last time the crazy soccer county had something to celebrate was in 1987 when Busia United met the mighty Gor Mahia in the semi-finals of the Moi Golden Cup before losing 2-1. Gor went ahead to clinch the Cup and represent Kenya in the Africa Cup Winners Cup which they won after beating Esperance of Tunisia in the final.

Mayenje Santos look set to emulate Busia United with prospects of featuring in top flight football looking bright. They are currently topping Division One League Western Zone. A win will see them qualify for National Super League and eventually the Kenya Premier League.

Busia has also two teams participating in Division Two. They are Mundika-based Green Canopy and Marenga Warriors from Bunyala Sub County. The two county flag bearers are battling to qualify for Division One next season.

Busia has paraded five teams in the Western Regional League with Opet FC from Lukolis in Teso South Sub County topping the league standing. Other teams from the county featuring in the league include Young Rovers Otimong, Busia Ajax, Lake View from Samia Sub County and Malaba Giants. The winner will secure a place in Division Two.

Sub County leagues are also taking shape with 52 teams in five sub counties in the race for glory. Teso North has 17 teams, which is largest and is being played on round robin basis.

Teso South is second with 11 teams taking part. Matayos has nine, Butula eight and Nambale seven. Samia and Bunyala leagues have not kicked off. This is in addition to 16 women teams featuring in the County League and divided into two pools.

” We are on the right track in nurturing talents that abound in the county. It’s also worth noting that refereeing standards have improved although there is room for improved performance,” FKF Busia Branch chairman, Hillary Musundi.

Mr Musundi said that the number of qualified referees now stands at 70 who are officiating in all cadres of leagues including sub branch, branch, Regional, Division Two and Division One.

He urged communities and leaders in the county to offer required support to teams fearlturing in various cadre of leagues to enable them overcome financial constraints facing them.

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