By PATRICK KIMANZI / MPPRESS
Mwingi West Constituency and it’s environs is now a scene of frenzied activities and excitement as over 130 football teams and their supporters drawn from Kitui County and Masinga Constituency battle it out at the on-going Hon Nguna CUP, COUNTY DIARY has learnt.
As the tourney enters it’s second week in a row, only 30 teams will make it through to the regional finals of the league, after playing the other teams in the league, and the next 20 days or so will see who walks away with the coveted Hon. NGUNA CUP.
“But this is year the Hon. NGUNA CUP is a football League with a difference. I am happy to announce that 4 teams drawn from 4 Constituencies are amongst the top contenders for the popular Hon NGUNA CUP” said Mwingi West MP Hon Charles Nguna.
Hon Charles Nguna, popularly known as (CNN) has been sponsoring the tournament for 18 years in a row, making HON NGUNA CUP one of the longest, biggest, successful and most vibrant individually sponsored sports tournament — not only in the Kitui County but also in the country.
“We are encouraging regional cohesion and benchmarking in youth talents” said the development- oriented speaking to COUNTY DIARY on Monday.
The following teams that comprise men and women cohorts will be showcasing their prowess in the most beautiful game on Earth, all vital in determining who is going to win the coveted Hon Nguna Cup.
Nguutani region leads the pack with 20 men teams and 2 women teams, Migwani (16 men teams, 1 women team), Thitani/Thaana (11 M /3 W), Nzeluni (8 M, 1W), Thokoa (12 M /2 W), Mumbuni (12 M / 1 W), Kiomo/Kyethani (8 M /3 W) while Mwingi region has 14 men teams and 3 women teams.
From Masinga Constituency, 4 Mens teams have joined the quest for the cup this year 2020.The tournament is endorsed by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Kitui Branch.
Amongst it’s major achievements, Hon NGUNA CUP has produced several youths some of them playing at the National level including Di Maria of MJS from Mwingi (Harambee Starlets) and Jimmy Mwende who has been signed by Tusker Youth.
The youthful Mwingi West MP Hon Charles Nguna (CNN) has been sponsoring tournament for 18 years now — making HON NGUNA CUP one of the longest, biggest, successful and most vibrant individually sponsored sports tournament not only in the Kitui County but also in the country.
(PATRICK KIMANZI, a former Nation Correspondent is Executive Editor – The COUNTY DIARY)