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WASA hosts its 9th edition Gala as
Governor Joho graces the occasion

Coastweek -- 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 single hole. 

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 the 14th.  

Saturday 22ndSeptember was no ordinary day at Oshwal Academy.

Coastweek -- H.E. Governor 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’ ups.

There were also fair play team awards to Leeds United from Kilifi and MM Shah Academy.

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 big winners.

Individual awards 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 trophy.

It was Abu Hurreira teachers that received this award and in second place was Jaffery teachers.

Furthermore, the 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 community tournament.

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.

This possibly signifies the importance or rather the need to invest in the younger players so as to secure a better football program in Kenya.

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 presentation.

The awards were given out by various representatives from the WASA gala sponsors and partners.

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 Sports House.

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 quarters.”

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.

He found 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 football festival.

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, Uganda.

This will be the third edition held in Uganda while Mombasa boasts of seven editions. 



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