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By Mike Ochieng 

The Eliud Owalo Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the ELIUD OWALO SUPER CUP TOURNAMENT, 2023. This ground-breaking initiative is aimed at revitalizing football standards among the youth in the former Nyanza province counties of Migori, Homabay, Kisumu, and Siaya.

*INTRODUCTION:* The *Eliud Owalo Super Cup* is a response to the declining soccer standards in the region and the growing vulnerability of young individuals to issues such as drug abuse, alcoholism, crime, and immorality. This tournament is poised to provide a vital avenue for youth engagement, character building, income generation, and the creation of new opportunities.

Under the patronage of *Eliud Owalo*, EGH, the *Eliud Owalo Foundation* has a long history of supporting sports teams and contributing to the development of football in Kenya. Notable contributions include the recent acquisition of a state-of-the-art bus for Gor Mahia FC, alongside sustained support for teams like AFC Leopards SC, Migori Youth FC, Shabana FC, and Muhoroni Youth FC.

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*FOUNDATION’S MISSION:* The Eliud Owalo Foundation is dedicated to unlocking the untapped potential within Kenyan youth, empowering them to nurture their sporting talents and develop careers in sports.

In pursuit of this mission, the Foundation collaborates closely with football stakeholders in the region and partners with the Winam Youth Soccer Group, a grassroots organization boasting experienced individuals, including legends like James Goro Oronge, Tobias Ochola ‘Juakali,’ Peter Dawo, and Gerald Omollo ‘Chonjo.’

*TOURNAMENT OBJECTIVES: The Eliud Owalo Super Cup aims to:*

1) Provide A Monetising Platform for young, talented footballers from the region to showcase and earn an income from their skills.

2) Provide Recruitment Opportunities. With confirmed attendance by numerous FKF Premier League coaches and scouts, the tournament presents a unique opportunity for skilled players to be scouted by prospective teams.

3) Foster Character Development. In addition to fostering talent development, football instills self-esteem, discipline, and a sense of responsibility among the youth, encouraging creative thinking and a willingness to explore their full potential. Strategically scheduled during the festive season, the tournament provides young people with a source of entertainment and engagement during their free time.

4) Promote Cohesion: The regular engagement aims to nurture solidarity and strengthen ties between the four participating counties: Migori, Homabay, Kisumu, and Siaya.

*ALL EVENTS ARE FREE OF CHARGE.*

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The Eliud Owalo Super Cup will run for five days, from December 26th to 30th, 2023. The schedule includes the following key matches:

*MATCH DAY 1*

DATE: 26/12/2023

TEAMS: Homabay Combined vs Migori Combined.

KICK OFF: 3:00PM.

VENUE: Raila Odinga Stadium, Homabay.

ENTRANCE: FREE

*MATCH DAY 2*

DATE: 27/12/2023

TEAMS: Kisumu Combined vs Siaya Combined.

VENUE: Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium, Mamboleo Kisumu.

KICK OFF: 3:00PM

ENTRANCE: FREE

*MATCH DAY 3*

DATE: 28/12/23

Match A

TEAMS: (3rd place play-off) Loser Match Day 1 vs Loser Match Day 2.

VENUE: Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium, Mamboleo Kisumu.

KICK OFF: 12 NOON.

ENTRANCE: FREE

Match B: Final

TEAMS: Winner Match Day 1 vs Winner Match Day 2

VENUE: Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium, Mamboleo Kisumu.

KICK OFF: 3:00PM.

ENTRANCE: FREE

*MATCH DAY 4*

DATE: 30/12/23

TEAMS: Nyanza Combined vs Gor Mahia.

VENUE: Nyilima Grounds, Asembo, Rarieda.

KICK OFF: 3:00PM

ENTRANCE: FREE

The Technical Committee comprises soccer greats like Goro Oronge, Tobias Ochola ‘Juakali’ and Gerald Omolo.

The Regional Coordinators are Aziz Abdi (Migori United), in Migori; Kaale and Steve Biko in Homabay; Moses Adagala (Muhoroni Youth FC), Rashid Ochieng and Peter Dawo (Kisumu All Stars) in Kisumu; Mike Adipo (Bondo United), Kevin Oswere (Dero FC), Nelson Oyuga (Siger FC), Robert Ouma (Karapul FC), Eric Ongoro (Uyoma Madiany FC) in Siaya.

This initiative by the Eliud Owalo Foundation is poised to make the Eliud Owalo Super Cup a transformative and impactful event for the youth of Nyanza province.

For media inquiries, please contact: Ken Mbogo 0715772180

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