Sun City Football Club were on Sunday 18th crowned Kisumu County champions- a feat that sees the Nyamasaria based side automatically qualify for fourth-tier football next season. Emerging champions in a three-team round-robin play-off, Sun City, however, heavily rely on financial goodwill from well-wishers in order to play the more competitive Div 2 football.
Joshua Ouma has overseen the club for a couple of seasons and he says he promised his charges Div 2 football all through the campaign- one that had them emerge top of Zone A, and eventually the top of the county after play-offs.
”I have players, very determined players who gave their all for this campaign and I want to see them play at a higher level,” Ouma tells Soka.
Three teams participated in the Sunday playoffs- Zone B winners Bandani FC and C champions Godmesa all squaring it out at the Moi Stadium. A tightly contested finale, each team won a match: Bandani 2-1 Sun City, Godmesa 2-1 Bandani, Sun City 2-0 Godmesa. But Sun City emerged winners on goal difference.
Ouma knows it will be hard in Div 2 and says he needs support to aid his team through the league that will now see them cover longer distances in terms of travel.
”There is a financial burden ahead and I have to admit that as early as now. I thought about organizing a Harambee but the truth is that is not sustainable. The longer distances will mean spending a lot more and that is why we are welcoming any wellwishers to come to the aid of the team,” he adds.
Starting the league is not a problem, he adds, but the real challenge is keeping up with the travel as the season goes on.
”Moving around in the Div 2 is more expensive as now we will be going for matches as far as Migori, Kericho. I have been in touch with the federation concerning how we will manage this but nothing concrete has come out,” he concludes.
Of the three teams, only Bandani FC has featured in the 4th tier before- the 2018 season that saw them suffer a drop to the county league on the same financial challenges.