Football Kenya Division 2 League side Marafiki FC from Nyeri County is calling upon football stakeholders from the region to come out and support initiative by team officials in a funds drive exercise set for Sunday at Kinunga stadium.
According to board member and club vice chairman Joe Kimani,there is is need for the team to be financially stable in order to compete effectively against the rest of the opponents in the league.
“This is our maiden season and so far we are doing very well. Running such a club is very demanding financially so we will be having a funds drive on 11 July this coming Sunday.We are hoping football stakeholders from this region will come out in support of this bid” he said.
Last week former Prime Minister Raila Odinga received a jersey from the team during his visit to Nyeri.
Raila had joined the family of former Thika mayor Mumbi Ngaru to pay the last respect for their mother Esther Ngonyo in Nyeri and was in the company of Kieni MP Kanini Kega.
“I met Marafiki FC team members who play Divison 2 football and they presented me with one of their club’s jerseys.It would be great to one day see them ply their trade in the national league” wrote Raila on his social media platforms.
The team registered under social services is currently managed by a team of professionals tapped from the Nyeri community and has been riding on the contributions by individuals who support its dream.
Before Covid-19 pandemic in 2018, a group of friends were enjoying watching a football match in local joints when they made a pact to keep fit and meet up at the local stadium for a friendly football match.
These friends, accompanied by a few of their club patrons, drove to the local stadium cheered each other as they attempted to outrun or dribble past their “opponents” in a bid to score a goal and subsequently Marafiki FC emerged.