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10 Jun
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County congratulates Gor, calls for partnership in sports development

The County Government of Nakuru congratulates Gor Mahia FC for winning the Sportspesa Super Cup tournament played at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.

Deputy Governor DR Erick Korir thanked the event organizers for having thought of and chosen Nakuru as the venue.

Kenya was represented by the inaugural Sportpesa Super Cup winners Gor Mahia FC, AFC Leopards, Kariobangi Sharks and Kakamega Homeboyz while Tanzania fronted strong teams; Yanga Sports Club, Simba Sports Club and Singida United Football Club with Zanzibar fielding Jeshi La Kujenga Ushumi (JKU).

In the quarters played on June 03, Kakamega Homeboyz eliminated Tanzanian giants Yanga 3-1 with JKU receiving an equal beating Gor Mahia 3-0.

In other quarters played on June 04, Simba Sports Club sent home Karibangi Sharks 3-2 in post-match penalties. On June 05, Tanzanian Singida eliminated AFC Leopard 4-2 in post-match penalties.

In the first semifinal played on June 07, Simba beat Kakamega Homeboyz 5-4 in post-match penalties to advance to the finals. In the second semis on the same day, Gor Mahia thrashed Singida 2-0 to secure a slot at today’s finals.

The Kenya and Tanzania respective league leaders took on each other with Gor beating Simba 2-0 to lift the trophy for the second time and secure a ticket to play against Everton at Goodson Park in Liverpool, England later in the year.

Nakuru is home to top footballers such as Curtis Osano who played for English side Reading FC from 2005 to 2008, John Mo Muiruri, former Tusker FC and Utalii FC midfielder now coaching in Norway, David ‘Calabar’ Owino, a 2-time best defender in the Kenyan league now with Zesco United in Zambia among many others.

The game of football has transformed over years thanks to governments’ commitment to allocating funds progressively over years and the coming in of key sponsors.

The Deputy Governor welcomed individuals and corporate who would like to invest in sports and other sectors in our county.

He said Afraha Stadium is set for a major renovation to meet international standards. The pitch will be re-done, proper stands for the fans erected and tartan tracks laid. The upgrading process is set to begin once the rains subside.

The County Government of Nakuru has developed the Nakuru County Sports Fund regulations, a driver behind the allocation of Sh30 million towards sports in Ward level.

Sub-county football leagues are underway in various constituencies and we look forward to selecting a strong team that will form a Nakuru County Football Club. Vihiga County has shown that it’s possible through their Vihiga United Football Club. Selected players will be absorbed in our various departments with a keen adherence to training schedules.

The week-long tournament brought to our County hundreds of guests among them footballers, coaches, team doctors, service providers, and fans. Indeed, the ripple effect can be felt in our hospitality industry.

Sports tourism is a fast-growing sector of the global travel industry and equates to over Kshs700 trillion. The DG said the Country and the County must get a sizeable share of proceeds as Kenya remains a favorite tourist destination.

He urged relevant sectors such as Trade, Tourism, and Sports to come up with packages that will enhance Sports Tourism.

Hooliganism in sporting activities cannot go unmentioned. Fans are the best custodians of our facilities. Dr Korir urged fans and players to always observe restraint whenever their favorite teams lose as the Swahili saying goes Asiye kubali kushindwa si mshindani (He who does not admit defeat is not a sportsman).

He noted that governments have invested so much and destruction of facilities is criminal in addition to killing the beautiful game.

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31 May
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DG Dr Korir challenges multinational companies to support sports development

Nakuru County Deputy Governor Dr. Eric Korir has challenged multinational companies operating in the country to consider sports development in their corporate social responsibility programs.
Dr. Korir said such companies should put more emphasis on other areas of interest such as sports apart from solely channeling resources in profits making.
The Deputy Governor was speaking when officials from Multichoice Kenya and Coca-Cola called on him at the County headquarters. He nostalgically recalled topflight football clubs that were sponsored by multinationals, especially in the horticulture industry, operating in the country decades ago.
The DG noted that the companies should partner with Counties in growing sports, “We have many areas of corroboration for mutual benefit.”
He added that the County Government of Nakuru is ready to partner with companies that would create more jobs for the youth as well as improve livelihoods through CSR projects.
“We welcome companies to partner with us in the rehabilitation and building of stadiums, training centers and sports academies within,” he urged.
The County is set to open high altitude training camps at Keringet Ward and Sirikwa Ward to nurture sporting talent. Of the 5 Gold medals that Kenya bagged at the Rio Olympics, 2 were from Nakuru by 1,500m champion Faith Chepng’etich and marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui.
The Deputy Governor said the training camps project is one of the many areas that the County and corporates would partner. Multichoice Kenya General manager Mr Simon Karitu said the Pay-TV service provider is in the country to support sports development by providing sports channels and airing activities.
The two companies, Multichoice Kenya and Coca-cola, have planned a Consumer launch on 2nd-3rd June, at the Rift Valley Sports Club, that will mark the kick off of all football activities ahead of World Cup tournament in Russia.
Earlier, the deputy governor had received members of the Naks Volleyball team who won the men’s the Kenya Volleyball Federation, Third Leg KVF National League cum AMACO International Tournament trophy in Uasin Gishu County last week.
In his remarks, Dr. Korir said the county will be holding tournaments in sub-counties to nurture emerging talents for consistency.
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