May 18, 2022

Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi launches Soccer tournament

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Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi has launched the Westlands Youth Soccer tournament at the Highridge Primary school in Nairobi.
The tournament, sponsored by Westlands NGCDF, Equity Bank and Afri Care will have men, women and school’s categories. It will pitch together 65 men teams and 14 women teams from the Westlands constituency for the ultimate price of KES 100,000 and a trophy for each category.
The second-placed teams will receive KES 75,000 and third-placed teams receive KES 50,000.
There would be awards for the Best Player, Top Scorer, Best Goalkeeper as well as the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament. Parklands teams City Park beat Victoria Sports by one goal to nil in the first knock out the match with Ngamia Fc pipping Pentagon by a similar scoreline.
Speaking at the launch, the Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Tim Wanyonyi said the tournament which is in its 8th edition is a legacy project that should be upheld by future Westland’s leaders.
“This tournament has been running for the last seven editions. I am sure this tournament, even if Tim exits from Westlands this tournament will still go on because we have set up structures. Whoever comes in after me should continue running it. If not wherever I am you can contact me so that I can help out,” said Wanyonyi.
He spoke of the integral contribution of sports in uniting nations and creating peace between countries and communities.
“Sports is a unifying factor across the world. For instance in developed countries, people leave anything else to go and support their teams whenever they are playing. When our athletes are winning abroad we solidly support them irrespective of their tribe,” Wanyonyi who has declared his interest in vying for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat, said that investing in sports in schools helps to create and nurture the much-needed talents.
“It is good we are sponsoring a concurrent schools tournament. As was in the past, most of the budding players were detected at the grassroots level during school competition’s that started at primary, secondary and college levels. Many premier league teams used to draw their players from schools. I remember when Kakamega High school was the best in the country, most of their players featured for MOTCOM, Gor Mahia, Afc Leopards and other teams,” “So we want to encourage this kind of investment from our corporates to sponsor our youth. And this is the way to go because nowadays, sports is the biggest employer in the world. If you look at players who are playing abroad for instance in the premier leagues in Europe, the players are very well paid than even corporate executives,” said Mr Wanyonyi. The lawmaker further added that education is not limited to homework and the classroom. He stressed that sports hold the power to transform capabilities into abilities for students to discover talent within them.
Wanyonyi also said that sports have a therapeutic effect that calms the minds of learners and hence is important to augment a child’s overall development.
“I do not know who came up with that idea that children should just read books without playing. Children must be allowed to read and play so that they release their tension. If we allow children to stick to reading alone, we will be training robots. Sports will trigger creativity,” Wanyonyi added.
The Westlands legislator underscored the milestones achieved by very many players who have played in the tournament in previous years. He pointed to a substantial number of players who have featured for premier league teams as well as national teams. Leads United and Kibagare Girls are the defending champions of the men and women categories. The tournament will climax with the final set to be played at Kihumbuini Stadium on December 11, 2021.

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