NAIROBI, Kenya- Kibera based Shofco FC beat English Championship side, Hull City FC 2-0 in a nine-a-side football friendly held at Undugu Grounds in Nairobi on Tuesday.
The winning goals were scored by Nicholas Dendwa and Kevin Ntonya in the second half.
The visitors, who were led by prolific midfielder, Kevin Stuart, and seasoned striker, Fraizer Campbell, had difficulty adapting to the dusty pitch located at the heart of Kibera, arguably the biggest slum in East and Central Africa.
“We got exposure and experience from the game. We have been inspired and motivated,” Ntonya underlined.
Shofco captain, Felix Onyango, said playing and interacting with the Hull contingent made them to think global.
“Winning this contest is a true manifesto that local clubs can make it in continental and world football. It’s not where you come from but where you are going that matters,” Onyango underscored.
All 23 clubs from the sprawling slum were issued with assorted sport gear through Kits For Africa initiative which was launched by Everton FC legend, Leon Osman at Umeme Grounds in Ziwani estate in December.
Hull players handed boxes of kit to the teams as they mingled with the players who operate in a world away from the pristine facilities they enjoy in England.
“Every club needs basics like uniforms, boots and balls to grow in the game. I’m happy with what SportPesa is doing to further this cause.
“We are also glad to have shared precious moments with these young people who probably will be world beaters in the near future. My advice to them is to keep on pushing because football is not a one-day activity.
“The fact that the sport is a universal language makes it easy for people of diverse background and creed to interract together,” Hull head coach, Nigel Adkins, told SportPesa News.
“The uniforms we have received today will push us through in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Division Two League.
“We look forward to qualify for Division One League next season,” stated Onyango, whose side is currently seventh on the log with 12 points.
Shofco, a former club to AFC Leopards striker, Vincent Oburu, has made three new signings this season, including Amos Otieno, formerly of Kemri FC, John Tatiso and Apollo Ambesa, to help them beef up the squad.
Bangili FC captain, Juma Johannes, said they will use their jerseys during friendly games which they intend to play. His side is also looking forward to join the FKF Division Two League next season.
FKF Nairobi Sub County League side, DX United, noted that they have preserved their uniforms for two major annual tournaments in the area.
“We lost 2-1 to Loketo FC in the Carolina For Kibera Cup last year, we believe these kit will motivate us to win the trophy in 2018.
‘We will also use them at the Ramadhan Cup whose last edition we reached the quarter finals,” DX United captain, Michael Abumayang, stated.
Hull City FC also used the occasion to tour the vast and expansive Shofco projects in the area that included a community center, water kiosk, libraries, computer center, early childhood development center, water purification system, clinic, sustainable livelihoods and Shofco Kibera School for Girls.
Kibera Teams That Benefited From Kits For Africa Initiative
6.West Boys FC
10.Golden Boys FC
11.New Stars FC
14.South Sudan FC
21.Sita Mbili FC