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Starehe FC wins the inaugural Thika NG-CDF cup, pockets 95K

Starehe Foundation FC from Hospital Ward won the inaugural Thika Town NG-CDF men's football trophy by beating Destiny FC from Kamenu Ward 3-1 on post-match penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time in the finals played at Thika Technical Institute Grounds on Sunday.

The win saw Starehe FC pocket KES. 75,000, carry home the trophy and and a ball. This was on top of the KES. 20,000 they received for being top in their Ward.

The runners-up went home with KES. 50,000 (plus the KES. 20,000 for being top in their ward) and a ball.

The ladies trophy went to Kiambu Ladies FC from Township Ward who beat Commando Ladies FC from Kamenu Ward 2-0 in the Finals.

In volleyball men's final, Kiganjo from Kamenu Ward beat Dynamites Kisii from Kamenu Ward in straight sets while Dynamites Kisii (Kamenu) beat CBD 3-0 (Township) to emerge winners in the ladies category.

In a colourful ceremony graced by the Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina, all the four finalists and the top four teams winners in each of the five Ward went home with cash prizes and a ball each.

All other participating teams were given a ball. 

108 teams from all the 5 wards of Thika Town Constituency, 98 for men and 10 for ladies, participated in the football tournament. Volleyball attracted 35 teams.

While speaking during the presentation of the trophies and prizes, Eng. Wainaina who is the tournament's patron urged the government to increase its allocation on the CDF sports kitty from the current KES. 1.5 million to at least KES. 10 million to help more constituencies venture in talent development.

He added that the government needed to give sporting activities a premium priority in its budgetary allocations to enable the sportsmen and women train and use quality equipment in order to march their global competitors.

"From what I've seen here it goes without a doubt that Thika has immensely talented youths. We have the potential but we've not exploited it," he said.

"Sports is a base for economic empowerment and through Jungle Foundation we want to ensure that these players can access funds to help them improve their lives and concentrate on sports. We will organise them into small saving groups and give them access to credit facilities," added Wainaina.

The legislator however challenged the youth to be innovative and come up with ideas to create their own employment. While noting that employment opportunities were very hard to find, the MP urged the youth to form groups and start small enterprises that would create employment for themselves and enable them become independent.

Wainaina also challenged the government to come up with a more sustainable and long-term plans to improve the on the "Kazi Mtaani" Programme which he said would go a long way in solving the problem of unemployment in the country if well thought of and comprehensively structured.

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