Young Rovers Otimong FC received a boost as Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong provided them with material and financial support in readiness for the resumption of the County League when the Ministry of Health lifts ban on sporting activities in the region.
The governor donated two pairs of uniforms and pledged the club a car washing machine to enable them engage in income generating activities to sustain them in their pursuit for excellence.
Ojaamong also pledged to customize three of their set of jerseys as he held an impromptu funds drive which helped raise Sh85, 000.
The governor said his desire is to see more talents emerge in the county to match the likes of Victor Wanyama, McDonald Mariga, Wilberforce Mulamba, Robert Matano and many others who hail from the county.
“I will be on handy to assist clubs which fail to meet their obligations either through failure to procure uniforms, boots or to meet transport costs to honour their fixtures,” he said.
He added that he will explore other avenues to help players who complete college either to avail them with scholarships or offer them job opportunities when such opportunities arise.
Young Rovers completed the first leg of their Zone B encounters in seventh position with 11 points out of 10 clubs in the league whose second leg was due to resume on June 30, 2021 before it was suspended after the Ministry of Health imposed a 7pm- 4am curfew in 13 counties from the Lake Region Economic block including Busia owing to Covid-19 surge.
Matayos South Member of the County Assembly Linus Asiba also set pace in sports by paying affiliation fees to all Zone B clubs participating in Matayos Sub County League.
Among the clubs that have benefited from the MCA’s kind gesture include Mamba FC, Lunga, Labour, Mabunge, Black Star, Matayos City Boys, Igero Stars, Esigwata, Buyama, Murende Highlanders and Nasewa.
Addressing officials of the clubs in Matayos that was also attended by FKF Busia Branch officials led by chairman Hillary Musindi on Sunday, the MCA said he offered to pay affiliation fees to the teams to enable them participate effectively in the Sub Branch League.“I am joining the federation in assisting clubs to nurture talents that abound in the County,” he said, adding that he will also solicit for more sponsorship for clubs to equip them with the required facilities.
Chief Officer ICT and Communication, Lydia Nabwire who accompanied the Governor encouraged the youth to capitalize on areas they have comparative advantage to improve on their livelihoods.
By Absalom Namwalo