Sadili Oval basketball team barely lost this month's Entertainment with Fun for Charity (EFC) tournament with 24 – 23 against Far East. The team however did not finish the match without remarkable score points. This being the first EFC tournament in 2016, the turn up was huge and a total of ten teams registered for the same. The event took place at the Nyayo National Stadium Basketball Gymnasium on Saturday, 4th, June 2016.
Sadili Oval players (from left) : Jensen R.W, Chris Oluk, Bobby Onyango, Liban Husein, Brian Oyoo and Zack Okong'o. Missing in the picture is Faheem Juma.
The players were among the teams in pool B and they managed to put a record of 42 – 11 in the battle against CBA before qualifying for the final match. Other teams in pool B included; Sunrise, MKB and Far East. Pool A teams included; Riara, Imara All Stars, Raptors, Wolf Pack and EFC.
The Sadili’s own passionate basketball player and coach, Mr. Robert Bosire said that the boys have not had their training sessions for over a month due to school – related and individual tight schedule but he expressed his joy towards the battle team members fought through to the final.
“I cannot complain in any way for my team not emerging the winners, it has been a fun-fulfilled day as well as a platform for us to directly participate in this noble course,” said Robert.
Sadili Oval players (orange jersey) in action.
The main event sponsor was SportPesa and Homeboyz Radio. Other partner organizations included; Performers Rights Society of Kenya , Nairobi Bottlers, St. Johns Ambulance among others. The event kicked off at 10am in the morning and this year’s main focus project is sponsoring a lady called Rita from Korogocho who cleared her secondary education and qualified to join the University of Nairobi for higher learning but is not able to raise school fees.
Nonini, co-organizer and celebrity musician, said “This event is beyond just giving food and clothes to the less fortunate, which is common across charity events.” He added that Entertainment with Fun for Charity (EFC) is looking towards expanding its charitable activities to more Childrens’ Homes beyond those they have supported which include Bondeni Children's Home in Kitengela, Filomena (Umoja), Angels Center (Limuru), Colour Kwa Face Foundation and ABC Childrens Home (Huruma) and Baby Blessing Children's Home in Kayole.
Other celebrities who attended the event included KTN’s Straight Up presenter Cheroo and DJ KayTrixx, DJ Bash of Homeboyz.
Celebrities at the event; DJ Kaytrixx (in shades), DJ Bash (inset), Ms. Cheroo and Nonini in white jersey.
The Kes. 200 entry fee paid on the day went towards Ms. Rita’s education, the gymnasium had over 500 people watching the tournament. Kes. 50,000 out of the KES.100, 000 awarded to the winning team also goes to the same kitty. Kes 20,000 was awarded to the Runners Up, Sadili Oval. Masaku Sparks won the ladies competition, bagging Kes. 10,000.
|Sadili Oval team and Coach Robert (on the right) pausing for a photo during award ceremony.|
The event ended at 10.30 in the night after the awards ceremony. Next event is scheduled for 25th, June 2016.