The better than average level of scoring for the Elimu
Foundation Charity Golf Day staged at Nyali Golf and Country
Club on Saturday 22nd September 2018 might be ascribed to the
dopamine produced by the knowledge that it was all for a good
cause, reports BY THE DRIVER.
The effect of that
feel good factor was reflected not only in some very good
scores at the top but also the fairly high level of performance
of the field in general.
In a field of 140
players, the number of players who managed to hit the thirties
was quite impressive.
A total of 66
players in all, which represented just slightly less than half
the field, carded 30 stableford points or above and the top
among them was Willie Mbote who crossed over into 40 points to
claim the Best Overall prize.
Willie was not only
the top scorer but did it with a great degree of consistency,
playing each nine with an evenly balanced score of 20 points and
quite remarkably, without dropping a shot to handicap on any
His each nine was
comprised of nothing less than regulation 2 points, with two
holes in each nine yielding 3 points, thus adding two surplus
points to reach the total of 20.
In the first nine,
it came through pars on the stroking 7th and 9th
and in the back nine, through pars on the 10th and
22ndSeptember was no ordinary day at Oshwal Academy.
Joho presenting Imran Khalgani with a WASA 2018 top scorers
award. Looking on is WASA CEO Mariam Mpaata.
The well maintained
lawns and architecturally-designed structures hosted the
football fraternity in all ages.
It was the day that
had been set aside for rewarding excellent performers during the
9th edition of the Watoto Africa Soccer Awards (WASA)
tournaments that had been held in May, June and July this year.
In total, 70 awards
were given to both stellar individual performers and impeccable
team efforts across20 tournaments involving 214 teams from both
the schools and community.
The gala event was
further made more prominent with the attendance of the Mombasa
County Governor, His Excellency Ali Hassan Joho and Changamwe
Constituency lawmaker Honourable Omar Mwinyi among a host of
other dignitaries including FKF sub branch officials.
The ceremony began
at 9am with entertainment from MOX a guest performer.
The artist kept the
audience of over1,500 guests alive with his songs.
On the day, 20
winning teams were fêted together with additional 20 runners’
There were also fair
play team awards to Leeds United from Kilifi and MM Shah
Oshwal Academy, who
was the hosts, made away with the Lion’s share of awards in the
school’s category, winning the under 7 and under 17 girls
tournament and coming second in three other categories.
The biggest winner
from the community fray was Real Junior Football Club who won
the under 9 boys age group while coming second place in under 13
and 17 boys’ categories.
Other winners of the
day included Jaffery Academy for their under 7 and under 15
girl’s efforts, Kivukoni School for their under 6 triumph, Nyali
School for winning the under 9and under 11 boys categories,
Loreto Convent for winning the under 11 girls title, Light
Academy for winning the under 13 boys division, MM Shah for
scooping the girl’s under 13 category, Shree Swaminarayan for
their exploits in the under 15 boy’s category and Sheikh Khalifa
for reigning supreme in the under 17 docket.
In the community
cadre, Mjambere Youth, Catalunya Youth, Likoni Queens, Young
Stars Football Academy, Coast United and Real Junior were all
were alsoplenty with every age group parading their crème de la
crème for honours.
There were also
awards for; the WASA Seniors tournament where 18 staff teams
including sports teachers and stakeholders battled to win this
It was Abu Hurreira
teachers that received this award and in second place was
best referees was won by Grace Achieng and Michael Makabila,
best coaches’ awards won by Dennis Ogaro of Kivukoni School and
Kidzao Nyanjeof Likoni Queens and best goalkeeper award won by
Samuel Zuberi of MazaTalent.
Volunteers were also
recognized for their efforts by receiving medals.
The WASA top scorers
award this year was scooped by Liam Gabriel from Coast Academy
who scored 7 goals in the under7 tournament, in pursuit was
Imran Khalgani from Coast United with 6 goals in the under 9
The crowing Awards;
WASA 2018 Overall Players Awards went to Alma Chemutai from
Kivukoni School who played in the under 6tournament and Salim
Mwinyi of Mjambere youth who played in the under 9tournament.
This year’s special
awards fell surprisingly into the hands of the youngest players
unlike previous editions.
signifies the importance or rather the need to invest in the
younger players so as to secure a better football program in
With the awards
being the highlight of the day, the emcees of the day; Luke
Waliaula, Alex Okal, John Wasonga and Imran Mpaata got help from
the Junior Stars Football Academy under7 team in trophy
The awards were
given out by various representatives from the WASA gala sponsors
This year’s WASA
Gala was majorly sponsored by the County Government of Mombasa
and Kenya Ports Authority.
The other sponsors
and partners included; Wellcare Medical Service, The Rotary Club
of Mombasa, Ellyd Engineering, Voyager Hotel, Mats Massive
Marketing, Coast Women Magazine, Sports Tourism and Nairobi
The founder and CEO
of WASA Mrs. Mariam Mpaata’s presence was alive in every aspect
of the event; from the setup to her incomparable speech.
As she celebrated 9
successful editions, she had a message for stakeholders and the
players alike; “Football can only succeed with support from all
She was also full
praise for the County Governor, HE Hassan Joho for his
tremendous support this year.
The Governor who was
the Guest of honour also echoed Mrs. Mariam’s sentiments as he
made a personal promise to support the initiative come 2019.
complimentary words for WASA as he lauded its longevity and
impact on larger coastal community in its nine editions.
The governor also
applauded all the 4000 youth who took part in this year’s
The Watoto Africa
Soccer Awards committee is now getting ready to host its tenth
edition in Uganda with an expected 3,000 youths from the town of
Iganga set to be part of yet another life changing festival.
Mrs. Mariam Mpaata
and her team are working hard to make sure that the tenth
edition will be a festival to remember as they anticipate to
partner with major stakeholders and other sponsors to bring life
to the thousands of youth in the village of Bulowoza Iganga,
This will be the
third edition held in Uganda while Mombasa boasts of seven