Sunderland AFC Keroche launch their own website
Sunderland AFC Keroche who participate in Nakuru Branch League Pool B, have launched their own website. Visit the website via http://safckeroche.com . The website will provide football updated news, results and fixtues related to Sunderland AFC Keroce. Also find out more about their players and staff using their website. Sunderland AFC Keroche are a football team and academy located in Naivasha, Kenya. They play at Karai Primary School close to the Keroche Brewery and have only been in existance for 6yrs. They have achieved two league promotions and won 11 cup tournaments. They sorely rely upon sponsorship/ donations and contributions from Sunderland fans worldwide.
How Sunderland AFC Keroche Came to existance
Sunderland AFC Keroche, began in the village of Karai, on the outskirts of the town of Naivasha, Kenya in 2012. Karai village is a very poor area, where only 1 in 28 of the adults have a full-time job. It all began as a way of trying to give the youth of the area a focus in life, to keep them away from life’s darker temptations such as drugs, crime and alcohol etc. It started quite simply as a group of football loving young men forming a football team, but they had no kit, no boots, and no pitch. They call themselves Sunderland AFC Keroche for the following reasons;-
- The then manager elect was a Sunderland fan,
- The village sits in the shadow of the huge KEROCHE BREWERY (Kenya’s second largest brewery)
The boys played friendly games against other local villages, but soon realised that they were quite a good team, as they were winning all the games (Even though they were playing in bare feet, on pitches in other villages) So they approached the local village school and asked if they could use their spare land to play games, and erected two goals made from tree branches.
One day the then manager “Paul Kimani” approached a Sunderland fan in England called Gary Lamb (Via facebook) to ask if their was a possibility of trying to donate kits and boots etc. After checking out the team and satisfied everything was genuine, Gary put out an appeal for Sunderland shirts, boots, shorts and socks etc. and was overwhelmed by the response, (Where to date 2 x 40ft containers of kits have been shipped over). These containers not only contain items for the football team but also included donated items such as clothing, bedding, children’s toys, bikes, school books, pens, pencils, toothbrushes & toothpaste, and much more. This has made the team, school and the village of Karai, become a whole new place.
Joseph Muchina, a village elder, acknowledges that since the project started, crime in the village area has dropped by over 70% and that can be atributed to all the young children and youths now attending football training four evenings a week.
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