Nakuru South cemetery where young football talents are nurtured

When it comes to football talents in Nakuru County, Kivumbini and Flamingo estates popularly claim the mantle.

For many years, the two estates have produced a number of football talents who have made to various Leagues and Clubs.

Players such as John Muiruri and David ‘Calabar’ Owino are among the many football talents who trace their roots in Nakuru.

Such talents are a clear indicator that Nakuru is a home of football talents and a great inspiration to many upcoming football talents.

It is for this reason that young AC Manyani Football Club in Manyani Estate of Kivumbini Ward, Nakuru East sub county  despite having no field has come up to nurture young football talents.

A visit to Nakuru South Cemetery in Manyani, besides the burial activities taking place,there is a young AC Manyani team undertaking their training.

Under the leadership of Coaches Paul Karori, the team is determined to give birth to new young talents in matters soccer.

He said the idea to form the team came about after he met some youths playing the improvised ball from polythene bags.

They started playing and training at a neighbors’ plot before shifting to Nakuru Primary school playing ground with Karori purchasing one ball for them.

“We started very small with even no playing ground until the Nakuru Primary school allowed us to use their field” said Karori.

According to Karori, through nurturing the team has been able to participate in Nakuru East NG-CDF-sponsored inter-estates tournament where they performed quite well.

The team for the first time went up to the finals emerging number two in the first inter-estates they participated in making away with Ksh.5, 000, uniforms and a ball by then.

“I paid their registration fee and they made it through the group stages up to the finals and emerged number two making away with goodies” he stated.

The coach admits the move motivated the young talents but then came a challenge of training ground.

This was occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic that led to the shutdown of schools rendering them with no ground as they were relying on the Nakuru Primary School grounds.

The team ended up at the Nakuru South cemetery where they cleared a part of the cemetery space that is not in use and converted it into their training ground to continue nurturing their talents.

“COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on us. We were barred from entering the school where we used to train and that is how with the help of village elders we ended up here at the cemetery where we now carry on with our training” said Karori.

Such training has seen many youths in Manyani keep off drugs and substance abuse as well as engaging in criminal groupings such as the outlawed confirm group.

Karori worry however is that the south cemetery where they train might not be there for long as the burial site is almost full hence they might be forced out.

His appeal is to well-wishers to step in to support the young football talents achieve their dreams in life.

“I appeal to well-wishers to come on board so that we can support these young football talents. As we talk now we are not sure of this training field because the upper part of the cemetery is almost full and they might shift here” he stated.

Sentiments echoed by Job Okumu-who works closely with coach Karori towards the betterment of the AC Manyani team.

Okumu-a former player with Olympics FC, St.Joseph’s as well as Deliverance Church FC in Nakuru said his move to retire from the ball ushered him into the idea of nurturing talents.

“I felt instead of retiring from football, I rather start nurturing talents in our own area and that is why I joined Paul in this mission to help our youths” said Okumu.

Ronald Echesa-one of the young football talents undertaking training with the team is optimistic that their dream to play for great clubs in the country and abroad shall one day be achieved.

He admitted that since joining AC Manyani in 2015, his life has been transformed with a lot of discipline and focus.

“I hope and I believe this team will assist me achieve my dreams” stated Echesa.

Ms Beatrice Achieng’ who helps nurture the female talents in the area stated that the training is key to avert the youths engaging in drugs and substance abuse.

She said the girls are training with the boys to gain experience in matters football and help address the challenges.

“With this training in matters sports our youths will be engaged and won’t think of participating in criminal activities” said Achieng’.


Lions Club Menengai comes to the aid of vulnerable girls

Girls from vulnerable families in Kivumbini and Flamingo Wards, Nakuru East sub county of Nakuru county have benefited with sanitary towels courtesy Lions Club Menengai.

The Club has been participating in various charity works to empower various vulnerable groups in the society.

And the Lions Club Menengai Marked Youth skill Day by hosting a session with the youth in Lakeview estate.

The session that took place earlier in the week at Women Like Us centre, saw the youths taken through sessions on Skill development, Leadership and Talent development.

This, the club says is a way of economic sustainability through empowering the youths and women in society to be self reliant.

The session was also attended by Teens Bridge, Kivumbini Oversight Team, Tobias Foundation and Creative Economy Structure Nakuru County.

James Mwaviswa from Creative Economy Structure Nakuru County lauding Lions Club Menengai for the gesture.

He says through such, the vulnerable in the society can be empowered feel part of the web of the society on matters economy.

“I want to commend Lions Club Menengai for remembering the young girls in this area” he said.

Similar sentiments echoed by Martin Lunalo form the Kivumbini Oversight Team who stated that young girls are going through a lot of crisis during this covid-19 pandemic.

Lunalo adds that due to the harsh economic times occasioned by COVID-19, many girls lack sanitary pads.

Shock as police impound illicit brew hidden near a Nakuru church

Police have sounded stern warning to illicit brewers in Flamingo and Kivumbini wards in Nakuru East that their days are numbered.

Speaking over the weekend during an operation against illicit brew in the area in which 3 people were arrested, Nakuru East Administration police boss Barnabas Kimutai said police are on alert and will not allow the society to be messed up by a few individuals.

While commending the public for the tip off, the officer said they impounded 820 litres of Kangara at Ms Jane Kiarie’s home.

He added that the illicit brew impounded was found hidden near a church in the area.

He called on the public to continue working closely with the police in ensuring that ills in the society are eliminated.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Police destroying illicit brew impounded near a Nakuru church.

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