Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka on Monday launched the ‘Lusaka Cup’ aimed at cultivating and nurturing local football talents and curb rising cases of teenage pregnancy in the County.
The tournament, dubbed ‘Sakata boli, Epuka boli‘ is the governor’s brain child initiative, geared towards empowering the youth through sporting activities.
Football enthusiasts were treated to a spectacular friendly match between Bungoma Superstars and Bungoma Sirens, during the first edition at Uwanja Ndege Grounds in Kanduyi Sub County.
Bruce Fwaro, barely two days after completing his Kenya Certificate of Secondary School Education (KCSE) at St Theresa’s Kabula High School, came from the bench to slot home from inside the box for his first touch with less than a minute to the final whistle to make it 0-1.
Bungoma ‘Sirens’ FC participate in the FKF Division 2 League while the winners Bungoma Superstars trade in the Division One League.
Both teams come from Bungoma town. Governor Lusaka gifted each team Ksh20,000.
Lusaka noted that such tournaments will enhance productivity among the youth during the long festive season and instill positive virtues among many.
“An idle mind is the devils workshop. We have initiated this tournament to keep our youths busy and reduce the surging numbers of teenage pregnancies among school going girls”,He stated .
He said, many youths engage in unproductive activities occasioned by lack of employment and therefore should be made aware through such campaigns.
“Youths are the future of this great Nation. Majority perish because of lack of knowledge. We want to build their capacity through sports,” He observed.
The Lusaka Cup will be played annually, with competing teams rooted from all the 45 wards. Winners will bag grand prizes.
In attendance were Deputy Governor Janepher Mbatiany, CECMs; Eng. Agnes Wachiye (Youth and Sports), Caro Makali (Trade), Dr Andrew Wamalwa (Health), Douglas Sasita (Lands), Director of Sports Mr. David Kalamu, Senior County staff among others.