- Last season was a disgrace to the South Nyanza region after their sole top-flight club Sony Sugar was relegated from KPL. The club failed to honor three league fixtures due to financial constraints. This left South Nyanza with a hue and cry.
According to Migori Youth founder Aziz Abdi, a powerhouse is emerging in the area in the shape of National Super League side Migori Youth with an expectation of joining the top league (KPL) soon.
“The future can only shine brightest for Migori Youth as we project playing in the top flight within two years. Migori Youth is a community football club who have so far proved that you only need passion to light up the whole community in developing talent,” said an optimistic Abdi.
The club started in 2007 as Migori Youth Talent Academy with the sole purpose of developing young talent and young prospects were identified from the community and signed into the academy.
“Their career would have ended up prematurely if something was not done. That’s when the leadership registered the club in FKF Division 2 in 2015 and provided a great platform for our boys to gain the much-needed experience through playing time,” Abdi stated.
“The decision to enroll in Migori Youth in the lower leagues proved to be a prudent one. The team became a formidable force going 11games unbeaten and eventually getting a chance to play in the National Super League courtesy of the misfortune to neighboring Isebania FC,” he added.
Accounting for Migori’s rise to the second tier in Kenyan football pyramid Abdi said: “Isebania was not able to honor their matches and after lengthy consultations between us, them and the federation, we absorbed them and became one family of Migori Youth and took up their chance in the NSL.”
“We managed to survive relegation in our first season in 2018/2019. This season, we were lucky to partner with Bansi wholesalers, who sponsor all our away matches—inclusive of transport and accommodation. This has also added to our current spectacular form that has catapulted us to the 8th position and the most improved team in the Betika Super League. We hope to finish in the top five,” Abdi said.