The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Homeboyz Patron Promises More

KAKAMEGA Homeboyz soccer club chairman and sponsor Cleophas Shimanyula has pledged to continue supporting the team after their promotion to the top flight soccer next season.

Shimanyula, popularly known as 'Toto' now wants elected leaders and the business community in Kakamega to join him in ensuring the stainability of the second top flight soccer club in Kakamega for the first time.

"It has been a long and difficult journey that started three years ago as a tournament and it is an honour that we have been able to come this far in harnessing football talent that has remained untapped for years," he said.

He said he decided to sponsor the club as a way of contributing towards addressing the high unemployment levels among the youth in Kakamega town and its environs.

Homeboyz confirmed their place in next season's premiership last weekend after beating West Kenya 2-1 to ensure unassailable 87 points with two matches to go in the second division league.

The team was born from a tournament Shimanyula organised in 2010 within Lurambi constituency. The tourney known as Toto Super Cup was used to select players to form a team which he enrolled in the Western Provincial League in the same year.

The team emerged tops and consequently promoted to the Nationwide II league in 2011 in which it finished second and landed a spot in the Nationwide league I this year. The club now joins Western Stima in top flight league.

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