The Star (Nairobi)

14 December 2012

Kenya U-17 Star Oruchum Lifts Amagoro to Victory

Christopher Oruchum guided Amagoro to a 1-0 win over Okuleu in the Jamhuri Day football tournament at Amagoro Primary School grounds on Wednesday.

The national under-17 national team player provided the pass that was converted by captain Nyam Ikapel. Oruchum was among the players who represented the country for a week-long training camp last August under English Premier League Club Chelsea coaches.

Addressing players before kickoff, the Teso North DC Josephine Onunga, praised Oruchum for keeping Busia county flag flying high nationally and encouraged others players top emulate him.

Onunga said football had become high paying sport and cited Inter Milan star McDonald Mariga and his brother Victor Wanyama of Chelsea whom she said had become instant millionaires because of the game. With registration of voters around the corner, the DC appealed to club officials to encourage their players who have acquired 18 years and above to register as voters to beat December 18 deadline.

She said talents abound in Busia and appealed to national team players to take advantage of tournaments which are organized in the county to recruit players to various national teams.

Onunga regretted that lack of playing equipment was hampering the development of football in rural areas and instructed the department youth affairs and sports to address the matter.

She said the government was determined have a talent academy in every county to revamp the image of the sport which has been plummeting with the country's Fifa ranking in worrying trends.

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