On Sunday August 19th, I paid a visit to Toi Primary to watch the Uweza Kibra league in action. The league, which brings together soccer clubs from throughout Kibera to compete in matches every Sunday at Toi Primary School, is now in it's eighth month after kicking off in January 2012 . Uweza hosts and manages the league and provides the field, goal posts, balls, and referees.
According to League Coordinator and Uweza Under-12 coach Joash Ngaira, the league was initiated to enhance competition among young soccer players in Kibera. Normally, players in Kibera are only able to participate in tournaments during school holidays and the league gives them the rare chance to play in competitive matches on a weekly basis.
|Kibera Mtaani Girls play against Brothers FC Under-12|
|Marren U-12 vs. Villa U-10|
Uweza U-8 vs KiMMta U-8 in action
To motivate the players, teams will be asked to contribute to a participation fee that will be used to make management of the league more professional and to purchase certificates, trophies, and medals to award the winners.
Uweza Team Manager Charles Kaindi adds that the league was intended to unite players, coaches, and Team Managers from throughout Kibera to improve the quality of soccer in the slum. As the league continues to grow, Uweza hopes to select players to participate in a Kibera United youth team that will represent the best in Kibera soccer in tournaments throughout Kenya and East Africa.
|Some of the Uweza Kibra League players and coaches|
Barclays Africa (Uweza U-12) vs Brazaville (Uweza U-10) : 4-1
Marren U-12 vs Villa U-10 : 3-1
Brothers U-12 vs KiMMta Girls: 2-0
Uweza Girls vs New Stars (Brothers FC) : 1-0
Uweza U-8 vs KiMMta U-8 : 3-0
Brothers U-8 vs Marren U-8 :1-0
Slum Soccer U-10 vs. New Stars (Brothers FC): 0-6
Slum Soccer U-12 vs. Black Stars: 2-0
For league standings, check out: www.uweza.org/soccer/kibraleague.html.
If you are a Kibera soccer club interested in participating in the next edition of the league, contact us at 0714371964 or firstname.lastname@example.org.